£45m Tate Britain renovation

A £45 million project to transform Tate Britain, which was built on the site of a former prison more than 100 years ago, has been unveiled.

Gallery reopens balcony closed for 90 years

Journalists have been shown the newly-revamped Tate Britain today.

The new spiral staircase Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN

Apart from much needed new air conditioning and securing the roof, new features include a striking new spiral staircase sweeping down from the main entrance area to the new public spaces below.

And the circular balcony of the Rotunda's domed atrium which has been closed to visitors since the 1920s is now a new café and bar for Tate Members.

The circular balcony of the Rotunda's domed atrium has been closed to visitors since the 1920s Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
Tate members can relax in the new cafe Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
The new cafe; a nice place for a coffee, says the gallery's director Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
There's also a display by Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble in the new archive gallery Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
The new staircase leads to the public spaces below the main entrance Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
The balcony has been closed to the public for around 90 years Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN
The balcony has been closed since the 1920s Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN

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