IN PICTURES: The beautiful £45m revamp of Tate Britain

One-and-a-half years, £45m and 1,800 builders later, Tate Britain is ready to reveal its revamp in full.

We’ve already had nine new galleries opened in May. But yesterday the bastion of British Art unveiled the stunning centrepiece at the heart of its facelift: a vast, sweeping spiral staircase surrounded by teardrop fan tiles whose design is echoed in the bannister stone.

The staircase leads down to new public spaces, and the construction work has seen major excavations to create a new café and education rooms.

The light that lifts the underground caverns comes from 330 blown-glass spheres, strung together in chandeliers.

Adam Caruso and Peter St John designed the monochrome masterpiece - they’re pictured below.

Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, and others stand on the spiral staircase

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From left to right, standing on the spiral staircase are Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate; Peter Saint John; Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain; Lord Browne; Adam Caruso

 

The striking new spiral staircase in Tate Britain

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The striking new spiral staircase sweeping down from the main entrance area, leading to the new public spaces

The Archive Gallery

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The Archive Gallery

 

The striking new spiral staircase in Tate Britain

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The staircase leads down from the main entrance and into the new public spaces

 

The Djanolgy cafe at Tate Britain

The Djanolgy cafe at Tate Britain

 

That stunning staircase as seen from above

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That stunning staircase as seen from above

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