As progress continues on the development of a 900-seat theatre – part of Berkeley Homes' mixed-use scheme at One Tower Bridge – senior council representatives joined with investors at the site on Tuesday 22 November to celebrate the launch of the 16th edition of Southwark magazine.
Published by 3Fox International, the new edition features an article about the eight theatres which are due to open in the borough, as well as the latest updates on regeneration and a look at improved infrastructure, schools and how the local authority is collaborating with development partners.
Delegates were treated to a tour of the theatre space and heard from council leader, Councillor Peter John and managing director of Berkeley Homes (Capital), Justin Tibaldi.
John said: “Southwark magazine is a wonderful production, we thank 3Fox for the work you put into producing it.
“This edition looks at the new cultural offer in our borough. Over the next year or so, eight new theatres will open in Southwark – amazing – and one of them is just behind us in the Bridge Theatre, where the fantastic Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr will be launching their new theatre this time next year, which we’re very excited about – a new 900-seater theatre location, probably in the best location in London.”
He also touched on the recent American election: “Thinking about what Donald Trump’s victory means for us here – it is a wake-up call for us all about how people can become disaffected and disconnected – they can suddenly feel they don’t have a stake in what is being built around them.
“I’ve been conscious of this as a small minority of siren voices who don’t like what’s going on in Southwark. It does mean that all of us who are the business of changing this borough, we believe passionately in changing this borough for the better, by providing new homes, new jobs for our residents, record levels of employment – the last time I told you it was 76% – and it’s now 78% of adults of working age in employment.”
John also thanked the sponsors of the magazine: Acorn, Alumno, Barratt London, British Land, Delancey, DPI, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor, Lendlease, London Square, Mount Anvil, REM, Sellar Property Group and Workspace and reserved special mention for Berkeley Homes, the platinum sponsor and event host.
Referring to the theatre at One Tower Bridge, Tibaldi said: “Part of our requirement was to build a world-class cultural facility. Peter [John] and Eleanor [Kelly, the council’s chief executive] will recall some of the proposals: a sports museum, a theme park mini model village.
“Nicholas Hytner and Nick Star came knocking with a proposal to turn the space into a 900-seat theatre – it was a no-brainer for us, and the fit-out will begin soon.”
Speaking about the council, Tibaldi said: “In Southwark, we know we’re dealing with a pro-development borough – we always know where we stand. It’s a stable administration and it is consistent – Peter and his team will work with you to get it delivered."
Get a copy of the latest edition of Southwark magazine here
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