Photographer's Note

This is one of the thousand objections to the re-development of this site.

I strongly object to the proposed alterations to the South Bank.

I'm a regular visitor to the Southbank, and especially the Southbank Centre's various institutions, and I recognise why it feels the need to upgrade. However I feel that the plans as they stand will completely destroy so much of what makes the South Bank such a unique and vibrant part of London.

I believe the current proposals are flawed for various reasons:
- The scale is far too big, creating enormous structures that are completely out of scale with neighbouring buildings including the beautiful Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, and I wholly agree with the comments from the National Theatre.
- The designs are simply not compatible with the current brutalise architecture, and are tantamount to vandalism on one of the most beautiful concrete buildings in London.
- The plans also involve the destruction of the undercroft, therefore evicting the skating and street art communities. This is a unique space that has been used non-commercially for over thirty years, and is one of the parts of the area that make the South Bank such a special place. The wanton destruction of this shows how little the centre's management understands how unique this space is, and how hard it would be to recreate elsewhere. What's worse, is that this proposed destruction is purely for commercial units and not cultural ones. If they genuinely need extra commercial funding, they should place extra commercial units in the proposed location under Hungerford bridge instead.

Even though I've never skated, I value the street culture of the undercroft as much as I do the 'high art' that is normal the preserve of the Heyward. I've been a regular visitor to the area as long as I've lived in London, and it always gives me pleasure to see young people engaged in such a creative activity. Shunting them downstream will destroy that culture that so many love.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 1 N: 2666] (11744)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-10
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-06 0:58
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