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Tate protesters will go to European court to beat scheme

Tate Modern director Nicholas Serota has warned that campaigners opposing Philip Gumuchdjian Architects' Tate Tower on London's South Bank will take the scheme to the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg.

Serota said opponents were determined to use every tool available to fight the project because they are convinced it will ruin the existing gallery's riverside setting. Speaking after he announced that Herzog & de Meuron, the architect behind the gallery's original conversion, would masterplan its £100 million extension, Serota said he was committed to continuing the fight. He said increased development around the site, including the Tate Tower, had forced Tate trustees to speed up plans for the extension.

However, Philip Gumuchdjian said there was no reason to be concerned about the legal objection.

'We are not worried about this as we have been told that if it goes to Europe it will stop being a planning issue and will simply be about compensation, ' he said. 'But to be honest, we have not worked on the scheme for a while and we're not sure when it will be built.'

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