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Underdeveloped, Underused and Undernourished – Getting Inside The Mind Of An Arts Institution Struggling To Keep Up With The Times

Underdeveloped, Underused and Undernourished – Getting Inside The Mind Of An Arts Institution Struggling To Keep Up With The Times by Louis Woodhead It has been 6 months since the Southbank Centre begrudgingly resigned themselves to leaving the Undercroft be, for the meantime at least, after a long year in which their Festival Wing scheme […]

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Divide and Conquer?

One of the PR and media messages under the command of Southbank Centre Director of Marketing and Communications, Edward Venning, was that it was ‘musicians versus skaters’ or ‘skaters against everyone else’… ‘them and us’. Hmm. let’s look at that… This low – and desperate – measure couldn’t be further from the truth. Southbank Centre […]

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Mainstream Media Misses The Point

By anyone’s standards, this has been a successful campaign. True, we have not yet ‘won’. However we have collected well over 140,000 members, triggered debates in parliament, won the support of the Mayor of London, blocked two planning applications, and most importantly forced the Southbank Centre to reconsider the destruction of a space so many […]

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40 Years Later… 1 Year On: Undercroft Community Jam – 4 May

Image by Ben Stewart Few would have anticipated one year ago that Long Live Southbank, a coming together of enthusiastic but politically inexperienced skateboarders, BMXers, writers, creatives, and assorted sympathisers would have managed so effectively to stall the behemoth that was the Festival Wing plan, with its intended destrution of the Southbank skate spot. But […]

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REAL Skateboards for Long Live Southbank

Whilst on a UK tour the REAL Skateboards team made the obligatory pilgrimage to Southbank to show their support for the worlds oldest surviving skateboard spot. Real riders Justin Brock, Davis Torgerson and Robbie Brockel took some time out of their hectic tour schedule to speak to LLSB about the importance of preserving the historic […]

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Reasons Why We Should Save the Undercroft – Infographics by Claire Hagen and Bobby Groves

– The oldest continually skated spot in the world – 40,000 individual objections to the Festival Wing planning application – 120,000 Long Live Southbank members and counting – Support from English Heritage, the Twentieth Century Society and the London Mayor Thanks to LLSB members Claire Hagen and Bobby Groves for these awesome infographics, available to […]

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PRESS RELEASE – Judge Lang calls for Government intervention in Long Live Southbank Village Green Court Hearing

A dramatic twist was delivered at the Royal Courts of Justice today in the campaign to preserve Southbank Undercroft. In a most unusual move on what was to be the final day of Long Live Southbank’s judicial review hearing at the High Court today, and plainly in reaction to the difficult issues raised by the […]

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PRESS RELEASE – Lambeth Council upholds Southbank Undercroft as Asset of Community Value

On the 28th February Lambeth Council said it “confirmed it is upholding the decision to list the Undercroft at Southbank Centre as an Asset of Community Value. Southbank Centre appealed the listing, granted in July 2013, but following an internal review, Lambeth Council’s decision stands”. The decision comes despite the Southbank Centre’s QC turning up […]

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