Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
London; Inner London; Inner London - East
Location of affected unit(s)
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Creative, Arts And Entertainment Activities
90.02 - Support activities to performing arts

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts complex, which is located in central London, has confirmed plans to cut 400 jobs, two-thirds of the workforce across all levels of the organisation. Redundancy consultations with the affected staff have already started.

A statement by the senior management of the Centre said the job cuts were necessary to stem the financial losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and to help safeguard the Centre’s future.

The Southbank Centre includes arts venues such as the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Festival Hall. The Centre is likely to remain closed until April 2021.



Eurofound (2020), Southbank Centre, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101569, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101569.