BFI scraps ambitious HQ plans

The British Film Institute has scrapped a plan to build a national centre for film and television on the South Bank in London.

The £130 million project, called the International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image was to be a hub for industry professionals and a permanent home for the BFI’s London Film Festival. BFI bosses said it has been withdrawn because it failed to meet planning deadlines, and blamed the ‘turbulent economic climate and shifting political environment’. The BFI said it would now concentrate on a refurbishment of its current home.

The project was originally suggested in 2008 when its received the backing of the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. But recession and a change of administration meant government support for the project was dropped. However the BFI revived the plan with private backing.

A spokesman for the BFI said, “We remain focused on the urgent and much-needed investment in our current home, BFI Southbank, planning to start in early 2018 with a major refurbishment project of BFI Southbank’s Riverfront,” the institute’s spokesperson said. “We also continue to explore additional places where audiences, filmmakers, artists and storytellers can learn and experiment with this dynamic art form and where creativity, technology and innovation can flourish.”


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