BAM starts major refurb at Southbank Centre
BAM is starting on a £28m contract to restore the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is the architect for the work, which the Southbank Centre describes as “long overdue”.
The facilities have been closed since September and BAM had already been carrying out work under a pre-construction services agreement.
BAM’s works on the Hayward Gallery’s glass pyramid roof will allow natural light into the gallery as was the original architectural intention. It will return the upper galleries to their original height and renovate the stone floors.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room auditoria will be renovated and new technical production facilities will be provided. The foyer for the Hall will be refurbished with a new ceiling and the riverside wall will be opened up through glazing.
Other features include more accessible dressing rooms, and new and upgraded building services such as plant, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, water supply, and specialist stage lighting. There will be new fire alarms, security, and IT cabling. Exterior terraces will be repaired to improve their drainage and accessibility.
BAM had built the original suite of buildings in the 1960s.
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This article was published on 1 Mar 2016 (last updated on 2 Mar 2016).