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Tate Britain re-opens to public

The new stone and glass staircase is part of the £45m Tate Britain refurbishment. Credit: Toby Sadler/ITN

The Tate Britain re-opens to the public today following a £45m refurbishment.

There has been a major upgrade to the galleries and a new stone and glass staircase installed along with a new schools' area and cafe.

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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