Riverside Studios will close its doors next Friday (September 5) to be demolished ahead of a three year redevelopment project.

The famous Hammersmith studios and the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf will be replaced with a new building containing three studios, a cinema, screening room and a community and rehearsal space - and the river walkway will be opened up.

The closure of the 90-year-old studios comes as a defeat for the Crisp Road Residents’ Association who objected to the six to eight storey building with 165 flats.

Famous figures who have used the studios also objected, including Hammersmith playwright Stephen Poliakoff and artist Sir Peter Blake but Bill Bailey and Simon Callow supported the redevelopment.

What the current Riverside Studios looks like from Crisp Road

Riverside’s artistic director, William Burdett-Coutts, said: “Our intention is to combine Riverside’s historic success into a new offering, in which we collaborate with arts organisations from around the country.

“Our ambition will be to help bring performing arts to new audiences by using digital technology. We look forward to you all being part of the future of Riverside Studios.”

A free exhibition about Riverside Studio's history, including some previously unseen images, is still open daily until next Friday from 8.30am until 11pm on weekdays, from 10am until 11pm on Saturday and until 10.30pm on Sunday.