Tate has a long history working with local community groups and individuals living nearby the gallery - collaborating on inspiring ways to learn about art, often through projects with contemporary artists. We are proud that many local residents work at Tate, and take part in our events, festivals and forums.
The new building will have a dedicated space on the ground floor to host meetings, seminars and events with our neighbours. It will also be a space to share artist-led collaborative projects that emerge from Tate’s partnerships with the community where we will be exploring the local area, London and the future of the museum. There will be an ongoing programme of new events organised in collaboration with local businesses, community organisations and residents.
A more environmentally friendly museum
The new Tate Modern building will be a model of environmental sustainability, setting new standards for museums and galleries in the UK.
Designed to be an environmentally friendly museum from the start, we will be making use of natural air circulation, as well as building materials that have the natural ability to store heat thus helping reduce energy consumption. We are proud that the new building will use 54% less energy and generate 44% less carbon than current building regulations require.
Tate Modern is on the site of a major power station, with electricity transformers that still produce energy for many people and businesses in south London. The new building will recover heat emitted from the transformers in the adjoining switch station and use it to provide heating and hot water.