UK Modern Art Gallery Renovation to Begin Next Year

2 December 2010 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2010 18:30)

London-based art gallery Tate Britain has announced that work to renovate nine of its galleries and give a facelift to its grand portico and entranceway will begin in February 2011. The plans for the £45m ($70m) renovation have been drawn up by UK-based architectural firm Caruso St Joh

London-based art gallery Tate Britain has announced that work to renovate nine of its galleries and give a facelift to its grand portico and entranceway will begin in February 2011.

The plans for the £45m ($70m) renovation have been drawn up by UK-based architectural firm Caruso St John Architects.

The project will include the remodelling and renovation of the museum's core visitor areas including opening up the domed atrium and adding a spiral staircase going down to the lower level.

A semi-permanent collection display will also be created, which will allow visitors to walk through a chronological display of 20th century British art.

Tate Britain has raised about £28.5m ($44.5m) through private donations to fund the project and Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis told BBC news that they are confident the rest of the money will be found.

Work is expected to be completed in 2013.