Lambeth Council has granted planning permission to National Theatre to build a new roof top entertainment venue. The new facility is set to open in summer 2018 for an initial 25-year period.
The new space will replace The Deck, a temporary structure originally built in 2007, and will be developed to cater for the growing demand for corporate events, private parties and weddings on the South Bank.
Tineke O’Brien, head of commercial events and business development at the National Theatre, commented: “Since opening in 2007, The Deck has proved a significant commercial success, with proceeds from business events and corporate entertainment contributing to the National Theatre’s ongoing commitment to the performing arts.
“However, The Deck was only ever intended as a temporary structure, so we are thrilled to have secured planning permission from Lambeth Council to develop a brand new installation. The long term security this provides will enable us to create a truly world class venue, utilising both the space and the iconic London skyline to deliver show-stopping events to businesses and private individuals alike.”
Designed by RIBA architects Haworth Tompkins, plans for the new structure include sliding glass screens which will allow the installation to open up to the external terrace, creating a free flowing space inside and out, while showcasing panoramic views of the London skyline.
Future events will benefit from the artistic imagination and stage craft that the National Theatre is renowned for, with organisers able to draw upon production experts, costume and prop innovators.
National Theatre said the project, coupled with its dedicated events team and in-house catering, will result in “exceptional immersive experiences” for future attendees.
Additionally, wedding guests will, for the first time, be able to “dance the night away” at the venue, as the floor has been specially modified for dancing.
The Deck will close in January 2018 to allow installation to begin.