Caruso St John wins go-ahead for Tate Britain revamp
Westminster City Council has approved plans by Caruso St John for a £45 million redevelopment of the Tate Britain gallery at Millbank, central London
The project includes the refurbishment of the south eastern galleries, the creation of a new schools’ area, a new café on the lower ground level and opening up a new members’ area on the Millbank side of the first floor.
Despite criticism from the Victorian Society prior, the authority’s planning committee also agreed to approve a new central staircase in the main rotunda which will be made from white concrete and adorned with translucent glass balustrades (pictured above).
Councillor Alastair Moss, the chair of the council’s planning and city development committee, said: ‘[It is our] aim to foster world class galleries and we feel that these improvements will make sure that the Tate continues to be a global success.’
‘These plans will enhance this Grade II listed building, and improve an already successful and internationally renowned gallery making it even better for people who want to visit it.’
Caruso St John originally won the high-profile competition to mastermind the remodelling and renovation of the ‘core visitor areas’ within the existing Grade II*-listed building in December 2006.
A future timescale is not yet known.
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Caruso St John has finally submitted a planning application for the £45 million redevelopment of the Tate Britain gallery at Millbank, central London
The practice originally won the high-profile competition to mastermind the remodelling and renovation of the ‘core visitor areas’ within the existing Grade II*-listed building in December 2006.
Now with half of the funds raised, Tate intends to press on with the scheme, which will open up the ‘stunning domed atrium at the heart of the gallery’, while creating new learning studios and public spaces.
- To increase capacity and improve conditions for the display of art Nine galleries in the southern and oldest part of Tate Britain will be reconstructed to 21st-century standards with new walls, roofs and reinforced floors. New galleries will be created in and around the space formerly housing the shop. This will be relocated to the South West quadrant of the building.
- To transform the main entrance and Rotunda dome The entrance on Millbank will be re-established as the public face of Tate Britain and the domed atrium opened up with a striking new spiral staircase. The circular balcony of the Rotunda dome – closed to visitors since the 1920s – will be reopened to Tate Members via a new lift and staircase.
- To improve educational facilities Purpose-built learning spaces created around the gallery as well as a dedicated Schools’ entrance and reception underneath the Millbank entrance steps. The reception will provide entrance and exit from the front landscape, and have a lunchroom capacity for 130 children.
Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2011 and is scheduled to complete in 2013
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Caruso St John to rework Tate Britain
The practice was selected ahead of five other architects, including DSDHA, to land the prestigious project to modernise key areas within the existing Grade II*-listed building.
HOK International, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, MUMA and Rick Mather Architects also missed out on becoming the first architects to work in the gallery since John Miller - who completed his Centenary Development in 2001.
Rick Mather withdrew before the completion of the selection exercise.
Caruso St John has been taken on initially for five years and will be asked to look at reworking the entrance to the building and the Clore Gallery.
According to a gallery spokesman, the firm stood out ‘because it showed the best understanding of the challenges posed by the building.’
The spokesman added: ‘The selection panel was impressed by Caruso St John’s combination of a strong analytical approach with a sympathy for the art that is shown in the gallery.’