Cornwall County Council and Tate today announced the names of the seven architects who have been shortlisted for the Tate St Ives: Phase Two Development.

The shortlist:

Caruso St John Architects
Cottrell & Vermeulen
Evans & Shalev
Jamie Fobert Architects
Marks Barfield Architects
Stanton Williams
Tony Fretton Architects

The selected architect will be announced in early December 2004. The selection process is being managed by the RIBA.

The existing building, designed by Evans & Shalev, opened in 1993. After more than ten years of successful operation, the building needs both modification and extension to meet Tate’s current and future needs. Over two million people have visited Tate St Ives since it opened ten years ago. The new development will allow the Gallery to offer more and better facilities for its visitors which, at peak times, are currently running at more than three times original estimates. The aim of the project is also to build the out of season numbers to boost St Ives as a year round resort.

Tate St Ives: Phase Two Development will feature a new building on part of the Barnoon Car Park above the Gallery. It will provide additional flexible space for temporary exhibitions, a dedicated education space, reception, offices, storage and delivery access. To allow free flow of visitors between buildings and enable the new delivery spaces to serve both buildings the new and existing buildings will be linked.

The project is being delivered through a partnership between Cornwall County Council, Penwith District Council and Tate. The selection process is being run by RIBA.

Notes to Editor

Shortlisted Architects:

Caruso St John Architects

Adam Caruso and Peter St John both worked for Florian Beigel and Arup Associates prior to establishing their own practice in 1990. In 1995 the practice won an international competition to design the New Art Gallery and public square in Walsall. Other projects include the Gagosian galleries in Heddon Street and Britannia Street, London, the Barbican Centre Auditorium and a masterplan for the Museum of Childhood, London.

Cottrell & Vermeulen

David Stuart Cottrell and Brian Vermeulen set up their practice in London in 1992. With interests ranging from the built environment to landscape, exhibitions and new construction technologies, Cottrell & Vermeulen aims to create a collaborative process, rather than a preconceived product. Notable projects include the ‘Liliput’ Portakabin nursery, The Cardboard Building, Westborough Primary School Westcliff-on-Sea, and a Postgraduate Housing scheme for Churchill College, Cambridge.

Evans & Shalev

The husband and wife team David Shalev and Eldred Evans are the original architects of Tate St Ives. Based in London, their most notable projects include the Library Court and Quincentenary Library for Jesus College, Cambridge, The Crown Courts, Truro, and the New Museum Building at Bede’s World, Jarrow.

Jamie Fobert Architects

Jamie Fobert is a Canadian who studied in Montreal before coming to London to work for David Chipperfield. Jamie Fobert Architects was begun in 1996, and has since grown to a practice of four people. The practice’s work on Anderson House, London, won the RIBA 2003 Award for Building in a Historic Context and the Manser Medal for best one-off house in 2004.

Marks Barfield Architects

Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) was founded by husband and wife team David Marks and Julia Barfield in the early 1990s. The practice has worked in housing, airports, museums, sports and education facilities, bridges and leisure attractions. They are best known as the designers of The British Airways London Eye, and for Liverpool Docks Watersports Centre and the new Millbank Millennium Pier. MBA are currently working on the Woking Galleries, a £4m arts & heritage centre that will house a museum and arts centre including the biggest temporary exhibition gallery in the area.

Tony Fretton Architects

Founded in 1982, Tony Fretton Architects has established a reputation for work of exceptional quality at an international level. Projects include The Lisson Gallery in London, the Centre for Visual Arts in Sway, Hampshire and the Quay Arts Centre in the Isle of Wight, the new British Embassy and Residence buildings, Warsaw, the Gallery and Store for the Arts Council at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the renovation of Camden Arts Centre, London.

Stanton Williams

Alan Stanton and Paul Williams formed the partnership Stanton Williams in 1985. They have produced a wide range of award-winning architectural projects from museums, galleries, theatres, educational and retail projects to large commercial offices. Recent projects include the Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire, the interior for Selfridges Manchester Central, the Wellcome Trust Millennium Building, the Design Museum, London, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, and the Whitby Abbey Headland Project.

Other notes:

Barnoon Car Park
Parking places will be replaced as part of a major review of traffic and visitors flow that is being undertaken by Penwith District Council.

Economic Impact
Benefits Research carried out in 1994 by South West Tourism indicated that Tate Gallery St Ives contributed an additional £16 million to the Cornish economy. Current estimates, ten years later, are that the figure exceeds £20 million a year. The project demonstrated the ability of investment in the arts to give a real payback in terms of economic development.

Tourism
Tourism to Cornwall is at an all time high. The total number of visits to Cornwall grew by 47% between 1991 – 2001 (from 3.4 million to 5 million). Tate St Ives has, along with attractions such as the Eden Project, significantly extended the tourist season in Cornwall. Hotel figures for St Ives demonstrate unprecedented demand throughout the year.

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