The space above the entrance foyer was originally designed as a single room and was used to display recent acquisitions. After a major flood in 1928 the room was divided into three to provide staff accommodation above flood level. We will be restoring this room, with its elaborate fibrous plaster ceiling and views over the river and it will be used for a range of educational and other public activities.
The main reception for Tate Britain will be moved from the Rotunda back into the Foyer, which was originally designed for this use. The stone walls, columns and the mosaic floor will be cleaned and repaired and new furniture will accommodate the visitor assistants and new signage. The Millbank steps, which are presently in poor condition, will be fully refurbished and the main entrance doors will be replaced with more generous bronze doors and over panels.