If you like Damien Hirst, and frankly even if you don’t, he is opening a public gallery in Newport Street, Vauxhall.

Damien Hirst says his public gallery in south London, which will display his personal art collection, is to open in 2014.

Hirst said the development, in Newport Street, Vauxhall, would contain six galleries and a cafe, adding: “It’s my Saatchi gallery, basically . . . a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates. It’s basically Francis Bacon and beyond.”

The gallery will house around 2,000 pieces including works by Hirst, Banksy and US artist Jeff Koons.

The gallery – designed by architects Caruso St John – will take up the whole of Newport Street and incorporates the conversion of a terrace of three listed buildings flanked by two new buildings.

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