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Southbank Centre’s new plan for Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft

Southbank Centre has submitted a planning application to Lambeth Council to make changes to the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft, three years after a major controversy over the use of the space by skateboarders

Southbank Centre’s new plan for Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft

In a joint statement, Southbank Centre and the Long Live Southbank campaign said: "In a collaborative vision, the plans propose a reconfiguration of the Undercroft to enable new educational arts and culture facilities for young people, alongside more available space for the skateboarding community.

'The skate space will include improved lighting and a reinstatement of some of the original 1960s banks and concrete paving.

"Subject to approval of the plans submitted, it is hoped that funding can be sought to enable the project to be delivered in time to coincide with the completion of Southbank Centre's current major improvement works to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery.

"These renovations will conclude in early 2018 and have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England."

The planning application reference is 17/00104/FUL

It's three year since an intervention by the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson effectively blocked Southbank Centre's more radical Festival Wing development scheme which would have seen the undercroft turned in to shops and restaurants with a new space for skateboarders proposed underneath Hungerford Bridge.

Southbank Centre later agreed that the undercroft would remain as the long-term home of skateboarding on the South Bank.

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