With just three months left to go until the scheduled completion of the project to bring new life to our iconic brutalist venues, there has been a flurry of activity on the east side of the Southbank Centre.
The project’s signature moment, the restoration of the Hayward Gallery’s 66 distinctive pyramid rooflights, was completed a few months ago, but inside and around the buildings there is still much work underway, and to be done, to get them ready for their reopening.
In the newly glazed Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer cafe and bar, a new timber ceiling has been installed to help give a warmer feel to the space.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium is also coming back to life; the timber floor has been returned to the cross aisle walkway and its fixtures and fittings will be installed early in the new year.
Out in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer the new pyramid lining for the ceiling lights and door-frames is ongoing, but there are now just four more to be clad.
And over in the Purcell Room, work continues to finish the stage, before it too receives its remaining fixtures and fittings.
Your help is still needed
This renovation marks a new chapter for these much-loved buildings, giving improved facilities, and experiences, for both artists and audiences. But in order to complete this vital refurbishment, we need your support.
You can donate a gift of any size, name a seat, or even buy exclusive jewellery inspired by these iconic 1960s buildings. Every gesture and every donation will help us return these spaces to their original splendour.
All photographs courtesy of Richard Battye at FCB Studios.