in the evening standard today there was a big piece about the new plans for the redevelopment of south bank over the next three years - essentially the whole area of the undercroft is to go the way of the stretch to where birdshit banks used to be - basically turned into shops and restaurants, the whole upstairs will also be redevloped with a huge glass roof put over half of it
the piece does specifically mention the skaters and says they 'will be promised a new home' but does not give any more information about what that means
the consultation on the new plans will open from tomorrow (thurs 7th march) from 10am - 11pm at the Royal Festival Hall - Level 2 Blue Side
so after many years of trying to get rid of the skaters and then begrudgingly accepting them and making them a part of the 'attraction' it now looks like this is total redevelopment of the whole space is going to happen and perhaps start quite soon
so if you ever wanted to film a line or get a trick at south bank then you better get on it sharpish... of course this could drag on for years still so lets wait and see, it will be interesting to see if the actual consultation presentation goes into more detail of what is proposed as the 'new home' for the skaters
so love it or hate it SB's future may finally be sealed, having spent many a day there over the last 20 years i will be really sad to see it go as it is a true cultural institution and i quite like the fact that somewhere so grimy and raw survived in the centre of london for so long - i will be gutted if it is replaced by just another bland and homogenous set of identikit restaurants
watch this space eh...