This week Mace completed phase one of the project, the installation of three 7m-high by 30m-diameter concrete tanks. The converted oil tanks are now the world's first permanent museum galleries dedicated to performance, live art and film works.
Phase 2 encompasses above-ground works and is already underway with construction of the central core approaching level five.
Mace chairman and CEO Stephen Pycroft said: “The opening of The Tanks is a significant moment for Tate as well as a great achievement for Mace as it marks the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Tate Modern Project. With Phase 2 and the central core construction underway, we are delighted to be, once again, an integral part of what is one of London’s most significant construction projects.”
Phase 2 will require further intricate construction as a result of the shape and complexity of structural components. The Mace team has ensured the project stays on-schedule with minimal disruption to the live museum environment.
The Tate Modern project (pictured below) has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and will be a 76m-high, 11-storey structure built on land to the rear of the existing gallery, itself housed in the former Bankside power station. The building will provide 21,000 square metres of mixed-use space and incorporate large sections of the existing Tate Modern gallery, increasing the gallery’s display space by 70%.