<span>Southbank</span><span>Centre</span>

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is one of the most important cultural buildings in London. 

Working alongside architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Max Fordham helped to complete the first major building services renovation to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery since they opened in 1967.

In the Hayward Gallery the main requirement was to create a space that could maintain a stable internal environment that met conservation loan conditions. Previously the space received almost no daylight at all, with the glazed pyramid-shaped rooflights failing to perform their original intended use. Max Fordham’s gallery lighting design comprised three main components: the passive provision and control of daylight by the architecture; a system of computer-controlled blinds, and the internal electric lights. The existing pyramids were removed and replaced with a new design utilising a mixture of clear and translucent glass, to form a shading pattern, blocking direct sunlight from landing on the artworks while maximising daylight.
 
To efficiently improve audience comfort in the Queen Elizabeth Hall two major changes were made. Cooling was reintroduced (removed in the 1980s due to evaporative cooling at street level) and the original air mixing system replaced with a displacement system. The reversed airflow required new custom grilles to be incorporated into the architecture at seat level and a 40 seat block of the auditorium was built in a lab for testing to ensure that the very low noise requirements (NR15) of the concert hall would be met.
 
Across both QEH and Purcell Room, all air handling plant has been replaced bringing much tighter controls, more efficient operation and increased opportunity for heat recovery. All the lighting in both buildings has also been replaced with intelligently-controlled LED fittings.
 
You can read more about the design of the Hayward Gallery rooflights here.
 
This project is part of a longstanding relationship with the Southbank Centre. Max Fordham also completed a major refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall, alongside Allies and Morrison Architects, in 2007. You can read more about this project here.

Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP

Value

£30M

Completion

2018

Client

Southbank Centre

Hufton + Crow Info
The roof of the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery allows daylight in for the first time in 50 years.
Hufton + Crow Info
Installation views of Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery, 2018
Hufton + Crow Info
Installation views of Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery, 2018
Morley Von Sternberg Info
The reversed airflow required new custom grilles to be incorporated into the architecture at seat level. Elegant and efficient LED lighting systems are respectful of the history of these unique spaces.
Morley Von Sternberg Info
Respectful of the original aesthetic intent, we reinstated the distinctive geometric ceiling but integrated LED colour change controllable lighting that provides the background for live music shows, club nights and relaxed days sipping drinks.

We helped to complete the first major building services renovation to the site since its opening in 1967.

Image: Morley von Sternberg

Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP

Value

£30M

Completion

2018

Client

Southbank Centre