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National Trust to run Southbank Centre tours for Brutalism project

The Southbank Centre. Photo: National Trust

London’s Southbank Centre is at the heart of a new project celebrating Brutalist architecture in Britain.

Brutal Utopias: A National Trust celebration of Brutalist architecture will shine a light on the significance of the movement in Britain. It will offer behind-the-scenes access to parts of the Southbank Centre never opened to the public before.

The project will feature tours of the Southbank as well as the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Deputy artistic director of the Southbank Shan Maclennan said: “As we close the doors of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for a two-year refurbishment project [1], we pause for a moment to explore their architecture and revisit the radical intentions of their makers which are still modern even in 2015.

“We are thrilled to be doing this with the National Trust, apparently unlikely partners, but as devoted to telling the whole story of the Southbank Centre festival site as we are.”

Tours of the Southbank Centre will run across 10 days from September 25.