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On 1 March 1967 the newly built Queen Elizabeth Hall was open by Her Majesty the Queen. In 2015 the building closed its doors ahead of a two-and-a-half-year renovation programme, opening again in April 2018. Archer Humphryes was in charge of the interior architecture for the Foyer Hospitality. The team implemented a new programme for a space with capacity for 1,000 people, which included a new café-bar and an interval-bar, along with new dining and lounge areas.
With this in mind, the designers worked towards the collective aim, blending the building’s history with new contemporary elements that would complement the original without copying or providing a facsimile. There is, finally, a sense, not merely of high aesthetic value, but of genuine public spirit, a feel for the traditional cosmopolitan value of the urban public, especially as embodied in this public space.