London's Southbank Centre to close for £25m refurbishment

The Southbank Centre in London will close later this month (September) for a two-year, £25m refurbishment, which includes its main event spaces.

Southbank Centre set for restorations
Southbank Centre set for restorations

The two principal event spaces, the QEH and the Purcell Room, which can accommodate 900 and 360 people respectively, will reopen in 2017 following the closure.

Partly funded by a recently confirmed £4.9m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) contribution and £16.7m in funding from Arts Council England, one of the major projects includes the restoration of the Hayward Gallery glass pyramid roof, to allow natural light in.

Southbank Centre is aiming to raise a further £3.9m for the remainder of the restoration costs, through its campaign ‘Let the Light in’.

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