The south-east quadrant galleries will be fully refurbished as a part of this project. All their environmental services will be renewed so that the full range of Tates collection, from works on paper, to sculpture and paintings, can be displayed here. Natural lighting will once again be the predominant form of illumination, using an innovative system of passive controls. The interior architecture of the galleries will be restored.
Two smaller galleries from different stages in the buildings development will be combined to create Gallery 37. This will be a new kind of space, a Slip Gallery, bridging the South Duveen and the south-east quadrant galleries. In due course each of the four major quadrants of galleries will have an associated Slip Gallery.
Occupying a space at the centre of Tate Britain, within the foundation of the oldest part of the buildings structure, the Open Archive will tell the story of Tate and its collection by drawing on the vast and engaging resources of its archive. A series of exhibitions organised by archivists, curators and artists will occupy the main spaces of the Open Archive. A more permanent installation about the history of Tate Britains building will fill the circular space of the central room.
The enegy and carbon savings elements of these projects have been supported in part by the European Regional Development Fund (via the London Energy Efficiency Fund).