The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Southbank Evening Walk

Southbank Evening Walk

Thursday 25 August 2022

Start time/place: 6.30pm/street level on the corner of Victoria Embankment & Westminster Bridge, opposite Portcullis House. Nearest underground is Westminster

Finish time/place: 8.30pm/Blackfriars Station (South Bank exit)

Ian McInnes, Chair of the Society will lead a walk to review a number of C20 casework successes on London’s Southbank, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the listing of Lasdun’s former IBM headquarters.

The itinerary will include Canterbury House, Stangate House, YRM’s Becket House (1974), Grimshaw’s Waterloo Station extension for the Eurostar (1993), John Poulson’s Elizabeth House (1960) and Sir Howard Robertson’s Shell Centre (1963), and the new Southbank Place development around it.

We will then see the Royal Festival Hall (1951), the brutalist Queen Elizabeth Hall (1968), Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre (1976), his former  IBM building (1983) next door (listed 2020), and the Thames Television building (shortly to be demolished). The OXO tower and Seifert’s former Kings Reach Tower (1972) now ten floors higher and converted to residential, and the walk ends at No. 1 Blackfriars, SimpsonHaugh (2013) with a glimpse of the new Bankside Yards scheme currently under construction.

Ian McInnes is chair of the C20 Society, and an architect and author.

Members:  £ 18  Non-Members: £ 20

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The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

Above: IBM Building, Lasdun 1983 Photograph: John East


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