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Herzog & de Meuron wins thumbs-up for Tate extension

Herzog & de Meuron has been granted planning permission for its revised plans for the new development at London’s Tate Modern

Southwark Council approved the firm’s revised plans this week, which integrate the new structure with the existing building and will contribute to the local environment by opening up a north-south route from the capital’s Millennium Bridge, through the building to Southwark.

The council’s report said: ‘The proposed new building will be an extraordinary and unique addition to London’s townscape. There have already been great regeneration benefits for the area following the opening of Tate Modern at Bankside. It is anticipated that Tate Modern 2 will further contribute to, and form the focus for, the future regeneration of this area. The application can be strongly recommended for approval.’

The AJ reported last month that planning officers had recommended the green light for the £215 million addition – which has a brick lattice facade – to Giles Gilbert Scott’s former Bankside Power Station, south of the Thames.

CABE was also enthusiastic about the project, saying the scheme was a ‘significant improvement’ on the original design.

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