Caruso St John were appointed as architects for Tate Britain in 2007. The long-term commission involves the development of a masterplan for the whole of the Tate’s Millbank site, building on the strength of the 2000 Centenary development.
The first stage of the plan involves work to existing galleries and to public amenities around the rotunda at the Millbank entrance. Galleries within the south quadrant, the oldest galleries of the building, are to be repaired and restored, while integrating sustainable environmental control sytems. Circulation spaces around the rotunda at the ground, main floor and first floor are to be opened up, with new stairs and lifts connecting all levels. New members facilities at the upper level, and a new café at the lower level, will complement the facilities at the Manton entrance. The first phase is due for completion in 2013.