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Tate St Ives redevelopment

After ten years of planning, an eight-month enabling package and a two-year construction programme, Tate St Ives opened to the public on 14 October 2017.

The project has transformed the gallery into a world-class dynamic hub, offering space for a full programme of art and audience activity, as well as a public platform for Tate's seasonal research and artist residency programmes. It features a public garden on its roof which connects the cliff above and beach below.

The development has been awarded a BREEAM 'Very Good' score.

The gallery is now able to comfortably accommodate the quarter of a million visitors it receives each year, over three times the number for which it was originally designed.

Our role

Currie & Brown was appointed by Tate to deliver project management, cost advisory, principal designer, clerk of works and party wall surveying services for the refurbishment and four-storey extension of the existing galleries.

The extension will allow Tate St Ives to stay open year-round for the first time in its history, removing the need to close whenever the exhibitions change. The team faced a number of challenges during the works, including greenstone excavation in a confined site, diversion of public services, and disruption to a busy seaside resort during the summer holidays, but we are justifiably proud of the gallery’s spectacular transformation.


Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobert Architects

Photography © Dennis Gilbert/VIEW


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