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Herzog & de Meuron set for second Tate thumbs up

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Herzog & de Meuron’s revised proposals for a 22,494m² extension to the Tate Modern look set to be approved by Southwark Council next Tuesday

Planning officers have recommended the green light for the £215 million addition to Giles Gilbert Scott’s former Bankside Power Station south of the Thames which features a brick lattice facade.

The Swiss practice had previously won consent for a ‘misshapen’ glass pyramid on the site in March 2007.

However while arguments continued over the S106 agreement - eventually signed in December 2008 - the Gallery decided to revisit the designs in a bid to retain the three, huge underground oil tanks which would have been replaced by an auditorium under the original plans.

The planners have described the new scheme as ‘an extraordinary and unique addition to London’s townscape’ adding ‘its height and appearance will make this a prominent new landmark building which may invite comparison with the glass faced building previously approved.’

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

Click here for CABE’s full report.



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