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2. Tate Gallery of Modern Art London, £130M

Contractors are currently erecting steelwork inside the massive shell of London's Bankside power station as part of its transformation into the Tate Gallery of Modern Art.

Construction of the £130M project, of which £50M comes from the Millennium Commission, began in October with the casting of a new concrete base slab. The insides of the landmark power station had already been ripped out during the preceding two years.

The design retains the exterior and features a new glass structure spanning the length of the roof, housing entertainment facilities and allowing natural light into galleries on the top floors.

The Tate's priceless modern art collection will be displayed on three levels and the gallery is due to open in spring 2000.

Architects for the project are Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron with its UK associate Sheppard Robson. Structural engineer is Ove Arup & Partners. Development advisor and building project manager is Stanhope and the construction manager is Schal International. GG

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