Although competitors will be asked to look at ways of including a better range of restaurants, cafes and shops, the competition brief emphasises the need to make the South Bank more inviting by transforming the spaces between existing buildings and overcoming problems of access. As predicted, the board will announce that the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room - much maligned Brutalist concrete buildings of the late Sixties - will be renovated.
There will be scope for increasing performance and gallery space with new buildings - one obvious site is the Hungerford car park. Although the land is owned by the South Bank Board, it is also one of two possible sites for the Tate Gallery's proposed Museum of Modern Art; the other is Bankside power station. As the Tate has not made up its mind - and is unlikely to do so until the spring - it will be difficult for any architect to draw up a masterplan.
'Building for the South Bank', an exhibition of architectural projects, 1753-1993, is at the Architectural Foundation, 30 Bury Street, London SW1, from 3 February to 20 March, 071-839 9389.Reuse content