After ten years of success, Tate St Ives with Cornwall County Council is exploring a second phase development of the gallery on the Barnoon Car Park site to the rear of the building.

The development would allow Tate St Ives to offer more and better facilities for its visitors which, at peak times, are currently running at more than three times original estimates. The plans would include the creation of a new gallery space, a dedicated education space or ‘learning zone’ and an exhibition preparation and storage area. Within the current building, more permanent display space for works by St Ives artists as well as contemporary exhibitions by young emerging artists, would be provided.

Cornwall County Council will shortly start the process to appoint a design team to develop the concept into a fully costed scheme. Full consultation on the design process will take place once the design team has been appointed. Construction would start in the autumn of 2005, with completion in time for the 2007 season.

The project is being delivered through a partnership between Cornwall County Council, Penwith District Council and Tate. The principle objective is to sustain the economic benefit Cornwall has derived from Tate St Ives, the forerunner of other successful developments in Cornwall including the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum. The emphasis will be on growing visitor numbers in the winter season.

Over two million people have visited Tate St Ives since it opened ten years ago - a million more than originally estimated. With a highly successful exhibitions and a thriving education programme, the gallery has been both a critical and a popular success. The Gallery currently caters for more than 240 school visits a year and also works with Tertiary Colleges inside and outside the country. It also supports a number of community initiatives in Cornwall and the South West. Research clearly demonstrates the positive impact that Tate St Ives has had on the local economy and tourism, with the gallery contributing millions to the Cornish Economy* and the total number of visits to Cornwall up 47% in the last ten years.

Notes to Editor

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.

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.

Quotes

Bert Biscoe, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Support, Cornwall County Council:

Cornwall County Council” is fully committed to the widest consultation, especially with the people of St Ives. There’s no point in doing projects like this unless everybody sees that they are beneficial. St Ives is playing an important part in building Cornwall’s future. It is an excellent example of onen hag oll: one working for all.

Jim McKenna, Chief Executive, Penwith District Council:

This is a project being delivered in partnership between Cornwall County Council, Penwith District Council and Tate. The principle objective is to sustain the economic benefit which Cornwall has derived from Tate St Ives, the forerunner of other successful developments in Cornwall including Eden and the National Maritime Museum. The emphasis will be on growing visitor numbers in the winter season. Tate St Ives already attracts substantial numbers in the spring and autumn “shoulder” months. The big win will be to build on this making St Ives an attractive winter destination, protecting year round employment.

 Frank Chapman, Cornwall County Council’s lead officer for the project:

Development proposals for this important and prominent site would have to be carefully handled. We hope that it would act as a catalyst to remodel what is a rather utilitarian area currently given over to car parking, creating a more attractive public space. At the same time the importance of car parking for local businesses and residents is recognised and would be reprovided.

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