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London's Tate Modern converted oil tanks get 2012 opening

Former oil tanks converted into exhibition spaces and new concrete and steel galleries will open next summer in the first phase of the Tate Modern’s new development, the museum’s trustees announced yesterday.

Phase one of the development includes the former power station’s Oil Tanks, which have lain unused since the power station was decommissioned and are now being converted into large circular exhibition spaces more than 30m across and 7m high.

Two further “raw concrete” galleries and a “unique steel-lined” gallery will also be constructed and will open in summer 2012.

Phase two of the new development, which is planned to open at the latest in 2016, will complete the building above the oil tanks and provide further floors of galleries. The scheme was dramatically revised in 2008, leading the glass façade to be swapped for a brick façade.

In total, the project will create 70% more space for displaying works from Tate’s collection and programme and is costing £215M.

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