The Battersea Arts Centre’s roof, grand hall and lower hall were hit by fire, but the front of the building escaped severe damage,
A major fire has destroyed a large section of roof at Battersea Arts Centre, a leading independent theatre and arts venue in south London. The blaze also badly damaged two halls in the large Victorian building, which was under renovation.
However, there was a glimmer of hope in the early hours of Saturday morning as staff said that the front of the building had been spared.
The centre’s artistic director director, David Jubb said there was a possibility the undamaged portion could reopen on Saturday evening. “Brick by brick, we will bring that building back,” he said.
He said that no decision could be taken before lunch time on Saturday whether the centre might be able to partly reopen.
Speaking shortly after midnight on Saturday, Jubb paid tribute to the fire brigade and other emergency services, saying their efforts had been extraordinary.
“We know that the grand hall is down, so that is now gone but, brilliantly, the fire brigade have stopped the fire going into the front of the building. We cannot be sure yet, but we are going to try to open on Saturday,” he said. read more