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28/03/07
Tate Modern Extension by 2012
- Approval granted for 11-floor sister to the power station

View of the development of Tate Modern as seen from the new south square, copyright Herzog and de Meuron/Hayes DavidsonHIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY glass building blocks that seem to defy gravity are the latest work agreed for the Tate Modern, but instead of an installation inside the famous ex-power station, they are to form the structure of a new UKP215 million extension.

The startling new building was last night given planning persmission by Southwark Council and work is due to start later this year.

"We are delighted," said Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director.

The same architect team, Herzog and de Meuron, which designed the award-winning Tate Modern itself, are also responsible for the design of the new kid on the block, which is expected to open by 2012.

One of the main reasons for the new building is the success of the old one, which pulls in four million visitors a year, more than double the expected number.

Tate spokespeople also say they want to have more space to show off works currently in storage and to showcase better certain types of modern art such as video and performance art.



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