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Mobile Tate scheme hits the buffers

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The long-awaited Mobile Tate scheme has been mothballed for at least two years.

London-based de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM) won the contest to design the £1 million portable pavilion last October, but the scheme has not progressed beyond an ‘initial feasibility’ study and has now officially been put ‘on hold’.

Tate refused to deny that the scheme had been postponed due to a lack of cash, caused by a siphoning of funds towards the £215 million Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern extension to Giles Gilbert Scott’s former Bankside power station building on the London’s South Bank.

The gallery had hoped to roll out the completed project, hailed as the UK’s first portable arts facility, this summer.

Part of the Cultural Olympiad leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Mobile Tate was set to start a four-year journey around the country in August – a tour which would have ended at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

A spokesman for Tate said: ‘We will not be making any announcements about the form this might take until we are in a position to develop this concept further. Tate expects to revisit the Mobile Tate project in 2010.

‘Tate is already committed to a wide range of initiatives... it is important these initiatives are phased.’

dRMM was unavailable for comment.

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