National Theatre gets planning permission for new rooftop entertainment space

A new venue - designed by RIBA award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins - is set to open in summer 2018.

Image credit: Belinda Lawley
Image credit: Belinda Lawley

The National Theatre in London has been granted planning permission by Lambeth Council to build a new roof top entertainment venue, opening in Summer 2018 for an initial 25-year period.

The new space will replace The Deck – a temporary structure originally built in 2007 – and will be developed to cater for the growing demand for corporate events, private parties and weddings on the South Bank. 

Designed by RIBA award-winning architects, Haworth Tompkins, plans for the new structure include sliding glass screens which will allow the installation to open up to the external terrace, creating a free flowing space inside and out, while showcasing panoramic views of the London skyline.

Tineke O’Brien, head of commercial events and business development at the National Theatre, says: "Since opening in 2007, The Deck has proved a significant commercial success, with proceeds from business events and corporate entertainment contributing to the National Theatre’s ongoing commitment to the performing arts. 

"However, The Deck was only ever intended as a temporary structure, so we are thrilled to have secured planning permission from Lambeth Council to develop a brand new installation." 

The Deck will close in January 2018 to allow installation to begin. 

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