South Bank Public Convenicences


Front exterior
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“This is the best loo I have ever been in”
Mary, Manchester


Roof detail

Bench view


Bench detail

Glass and roof detail



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Public Conveniences

Both commercial and recreational, these are the first public conveniences serving the continuous foyer of London’s South Bank. The pavilion, with its dramatic canopy is like a vessel moored along the historic riverbank beside Jubilee Gardens.

Mark Power Architect and Healthmatic Ltd won the commission in a competition promoted by the South Bank Centre to select a team to design, construct and operate the 134m2 facility. Planning permission on Metropolitan Open Land was granted in November 2011 and the building opened in May 2012.

Building on the South Bank’s reputation for entertainment the pavilion dramatically evokes Shakespeare’s recollection of Elizabeth I on the Thames, inspiring his lines in Anthony and Cleopatra,

"The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold;"