Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall
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General information
Type Concert hall
Architectural style Brutalist
Address Belvedere Road
Town or city London, SE1
Country United Kingdom
Opened March 1967; 50 years ago (1967-03)
Design and construction
Architect Hubert Bennett/Greater London Council
Jack Whittle, F.G West and Geoffrey Horsefal
Structural engineer Ove Arup & Partners
Main contractor Higgs and Hill

The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is a music venue on the South Bank in London, England, that hosts daily classical, jazz, and avant-garde music and dance performances. The QEH forms part of Southbank Centre arts complex and stands alongside the Royal Festival Hall, which was built for the Festival of Britain of 1951, and the Hayward Gallery. It stands on the former site of a shot tower, built as part of a lead works in 1826 and retained for the Festival of Britain.

The venue was closed for two years of renovations in September 2015.

Description

Queen Elizabeth Hall from the river in 2009

The QEH has over 900 seats and the Purcell Room in the same building has 360 seats. These two auditoriums were built together by Higgs and Hill [1] and opened in March 1967. They were designed as additions to the Southbank Centre arts complex, with The Hayward (opened in October 1968), by Hubert Bennett, head of the architects department of the Greater London Council, with Jack Whittle, F.G West and Geoffrey Horsefall.

The sculpture Zemran in stainless steel (by William Pye, 1972) stands on the riverside terrace of the QEH.