Wimbledon plans £100m Frank Gehry arts venue

One of Frank Gehry's concept drawings for the  Wimbledon Concert Hall. The left side features a cross-section of the auditorium, the right an impression of the exterior at night.

Festival director seeks to put world-class venue on supermarket car park

Frank Gehry has been signed up to create designs for a £100m concert hall in the south-west London suburb of Wimbledon.

Former film-maker Anthony Wilkinson, who founded the Wimbledon International Music Festival, said the 1,250-seat venue would create a musical “centre of excellence” on a council-owned car park in the borough of Merton 

An admirer of Gehry’s New World Centre in Miami, Wilkinson contacted Gehry about his Wimbledon Concert Hall vision – and received a rapid response.

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