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Ramboll Whitbybird to transform Tate Modern

Ramboll Whitbybird has been appointed by Tate Modern to provide structural and facade engineering services for Transforming Tate Modern, a spectacular new building adjoining Tate Modern, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

The proposals for the new development, on the south side of Tate Modern, will create 23,400m of new space which will provide 60% more display space. The space will also incorporate performance spaces, education spaces, shops, cafes and new terraces.

Planning permission for the scheme was approved by Southwark Council in March last year. The project will cost £215 million and is scheduled to open in 2012, in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Anton Sawicki, Ramboll Whitbybird’s Project Director on the new Tate project says, “We are deeply honoured to be appointed for this iconic project and look forward to delivering a new landmark building for London.” The appointment further strengthens the practice’s portfolio of high profile arts projects; notably in 2003 Ramboll Whitbybird with Herzog de Meuron won the Stirling Prize for the Laban Centre and current projects on site include the Hepworth Gallery.

With around five million visitors a year, Tate Modern is one of the most popular London attractions. This new development at Tate Modern will provide additional space so that visitors can enjoy the exhibitions, galleries to show new kinds of art emerging in the 21st century and facilities and learning zones to respond to changing visitor demands. It will also continue to facilitate the regeneration of Bankside.

Alex Beard, Deputy Director of Tate, commented, “We are delighted with the appointments to the Transforming Tate Modern project team. We now have a world-class team in place and with the recent funding announcement from Government, we are moving successfully into a new phase for the project.”

Mark Whitby, Ramboll Whitbybird Chairman added, “This is a wonderful project to be involved in and I am looking forward to working with the whole design team to deliver what will be the most fantastic project of my career.”

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