The National Theatre has been granted planning permission by Lambeth Council to build a new roof top entertainment venue, opening next summer for an initial 25-year period.

The new space will replace The Deck, a temporary structure originally built in 2007, and will be developed to cater for the growing demand for corporate events, private parties and weddings on the South Bank.

Designed by RIBA award-winning architects, Haworth Tompkins, plans for the new structure include sliding glass screens, which will allow the installation to open up to the external terrace, showcasing panoramic views of the London skyline.

Tineke O’Brien, head of commercial events and business development at the National Theatre, commented: “Since opening in 2007, The Deck has proved a significant commercial success, with proceeds from business events and corporate entertainment contributing to the National Theatre’s ongoing commitment to the performing arts.

“However, The Deck was only ever intended as a temporary structure, so we are thrilled to have secured planning permission from Lambeth Council to develop a brand new installation. The long term security this provides will enable us to create a truly world class venue, utilising both the space and the iconic London skyline to deliver show-stopping events to businesses and private individuals alike.”

The Deck will close in January 2018 to allow installation to begin.