Venue space destroyed in Battersea Arts Centre fire

A fire at Battersea Arts Centre on 13 March destroyed the Grand Hall and Lower Hall, forcing the venue to re-establish its financial model and plan a rebuild.

Fire damage at Battersea Arts Centre. (Picture from @battersea_arts Twitter)
Fire damage at Battersea Arts Centre. (Picture from @battersea_arts Twitter)

The fire services were able to save the front half of the building and the centre has set up a donation page as it looks for funds to rebuild the destroyed halls and office space. It also lost most of its technical equipment in the blaze.

The centre had been closed to private event bookings since September 2014 as it embarked on its Capital Project to make ‘substantial improvements’ to the building. It was due to open to private events again in early spring 2016, and director at the centre David Jubb hopes that this will still go ahead.

In a statement on the centre’s website, he said: "It is early days and there is a huge amount to work through. But we think, at this moment, that the final phase of the Capital Project, due to be completed in early 2016, should be able to go ahead as planned. This is because the parts of building in which this project is happening are unaffected by the fire."

More than £50K in donations has already been raised to help the centre.

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