Our future

We are refurbishing our iconic 1960s Brutalist venues to ensure that Southbank Centre remains a key cultural institution for future generations.

Southbank Centre believes that culture is for the many, not the few. Our ambition is to invite everyone to experience and participate in art for themselves and we are constantly looking for ways to make our artistic programme and our landmark site more appealing and enjoyable for people from every walk of life. The refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall ten years ago contributed to the rejuvenation of the cultural sector south of the river. We want to continue the work started with the Royal Festival Hall to make Southbank Centre a truly attractive and enjoyable public space that’s more suitable for artistic performances. 

Artist's impression of the Hayward Gallery when it reopens in 2018 with new roof lights

We are currently refurbishing our iconic 1960s Brutalist venues – the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery and Purcell Room – and have plans to make public spaces around the site more attractive and accessible. 

Read more about our refurbishment project and find out how you could support us

Our ambition is to fully pedestrianise the route to the river between the RFH, QEH and Hayward Gallery; to extend the popular Queen Elizabeth Hall roof gardens; to create new performance spaces, and to improve the connections between Southbank Centre and its neighbouring area.

Let The Light In - Work's started to transform Southbank Centre's 1960s venues