We are very pleased to hear the South Bank Centre’s enthusiasm for the existing Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room buildings, and their intention to retain, and not demolish them. It is great that they now appreciate what they have got, and recognise that there has been a culture shift and that the public have warmed to these buildings.
The Twentieth Century Society has repeatedly called for these buildings to be listed: we think it is outrageous that their international architectural and historic interest has not been recognised by Government. They are an outstanding example of innovative and imaginative design.
Catherine Croft, Director the Twentieth Century Society said, “The ‘Festival Wing’ proposals are very large and ambitious. It would have a major impact on the setting of the existing buildings, and require demolition of some elements.”
“In particular, the siting of the glass pavilion above the newly enclosed space between the Hayward Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Hall would be a very significant intervention”, added Croft.
The Twentieth Century Society will be considering the proposals in detail on March 18th. Whilst it would be fantastic to see increased space for the vibrant programme of arts events that has animated these buildings in recent years, we want to be sure that the alterations will not be so drastic that they will overpower much loved buildings which could certainly be significantly revitalised by a less extensive scheme.
Note to Editors:
Please contact Henrietta Billings at the Twentieth Century Society for further queries:
T: 020 7250 3857