• Tate St Ives from the beach

    A distant view of Tate St Ives

Project background

In 2010 Cornwall Council purchased a site for the Tate St Ives Phase 2 project. This facilitated the rebuilding of the neighbouring Meadow Flats sheltered accommodation, delivering improved accommodation for their residents, and creating an opportunity for the gallery to extend behind the development. The DCH (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing) project at the front of the new site was completed at the beginning of 2013, and the residents have moved in.

Tate is now leading on the Tate St Ives Phase 2 extension project working in partnership with Cornwall Council. During 2011 we re-scoped the project and developed an outline funding package. This has received support from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, private donors and Cornwall Council.

Furthermore as a result of the change of site for the project, the transfer of project lead to Tate, and the lapse of time since professional appointments were made in 2005, Tate retendered the Design Team.

The Design Team was appointed in early 2012 following a full OJEU procurement process.

Tate St Ives with proposed new extension photomontage

Tate St Ives with proposed new extension (within the red line) October 2012
Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects Limited


In March 2013 Tate St Ives received planning permission for the construction of Phase 2, and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England in April 2013.

In July 2013, Tate’s Board of Trustees gave permission for the project to proceed. In September the gallery began negotiations for the enabling works. Building works in the in the existing building commenced early in 2014 and stopped in May 2014 for the summer. The excavation of greenstone will begin on 7 October 2014, and it will continue throughout winter 2014 and into spring 2015. Once the rock is removed and levelled, construction for the extension will begin.  Tate St Ives Phase 2 is due to complete in time for opening in 2017.