[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Caruso St John Architects has unveiled these new images of its £45 million project to refurbish the Tate Britain art gallery in south London
The practice is carrying out a ‘major upgrade’ to the museum’s galleries and core visitor areas while conserving the fabric of Sidney Smith’s 19th-Century building.
Brief requirements are to increase gallery’s capacity and improve conditions for the display of art as well as transform the main entrance and rotunda.
Caruso St John is planning to ‘expose’ the building’s domed atrium and create a new spiral staircase in the rotunda.
New learning studios and public spaces will also be created to meet Tate Britain’s growing visitor footfall.
Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2011 and is expected to complete in 2013.
Project architects: Caruso St John
Structural engineers: Alan Baxter Associates
Services engineers: Maxfordham Partners
Cost consultants: Turner and Townsend
Project managers: Drivers Jonas Deloitte
Caruso St John reveals new Tate Britain images