Tate Britain unveils GBP 45m upgrade plan
1st December 2010
Ambitious plans to transform the original Tate Gallery through a GBP 45 million project have been unveiled.
The development will see the 19th-century building, which was renamed Tate Britain in 2001, benefit from a major upgrade to improve how it displays its collections.
A statement from Tate explained: 'The project will remodel and renovate core visitor areas - opening up the stunning domed atrium at the heart of the gallery - while creating much-needed learning studios and public spaces in order to meet growing demand.'
Nine galleries in the southern - and oldest - part of building will be brought up to 21st century standards, with better display conditions created by improved temperature and humidity controls.
In addition, new exhibition spaces will be created in the area that formerly housed the gallery's shop, while the building's floors will be reinforced so it can hold larger sculptures.
Around two-thirds of the funding has already been raised and the gallery hopes that the development will be completed by 2013.
Tate also announced that from 2013, the refurbished gallery will be home to a continuous semi-permanent display of the story of British art, showing pieces from the 1500s through to the present day.