The Southbank Centre’s plans to transform the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Purcell Rooms have been given a little more impetus with a proposal that for the three years the ‘Festival Wing’ is being built, a temporary floating river site could be used to house impacted services. Oddly however, the Southbank are saying it doesn’t form part of their plans.
It’s an exciting prospect, reminiscent of the many additions made to London in the run up to 2012. That said, the thought of a concert on a floating platform does put me in mind of the Academy of Ancient Music playing Handel’s Water Music up the Thames during the rainy Jubilee Pageant. I’ll probably visit when the river isn’t too rough and the sky is blue.