Tate Modernising

The UK government has pledged continued support for Tate Modern’s £215 million extension.

Tony Gee is assisting demolition contractor Cantillon Ltd, providing specialist construction engineering services for London’s landmark art gallery. These include assessment of the existing Turbine Hall during and after partial demolition of the adjacent Switch House and design of comprehensive temporary works.

The works fall into two phases. The first phase involved design of a system to facilitate partial demolition of the large oil tanks at the rear of the building. The second phase required structural assessment of the Turbine Hall façade comprising masonry panels, steel beams and columns and subsequent design of bespoke temporary steelwork supports. The existing roof truss and cores in the Boiler House structure have been analysed for conditions during construction. Tony Gee’s newly engineered steelwork will be installed inside the Turbine Hall gallery without disruption to the viewing public.

Demolition of the Switch House begins in the New Year.

December 2010

Demolition of Switch House at Tate Modern