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Tate Modern

 Client:   Schal International Mangement Ltd              Contract Value:   Circa £500,000

Closed-off and dreary, the original Bankside Power Station was the polar opposite of the tourist draw it has now become. Its conversion has attracted five million visitors a year south of the River Thames, exceeding initial expectations for annual visitor numbers of two million. The conversion of a defunct power station into a distinctive showcase for modern art was a complex and challenging task for all involved, for although two-thirds of the power station was obsolete, the difficulty posed by the continuing operation of a London Electricity control room and transformers that were still connected to the electricity network had deterred any prior development of the site. Johns of Nottingham were privileged to be part of the team that completed the conversion of the unused boilerhouse and turbine hall into gallery, café, office and educational space, where a new building was constructed within the old, making it possible to generate the optimum conditions for displaying and protecting the valuable artworks against the backdrop of the highest quality decorative finishes from ICI Dulux, Farrow & Ball, Leigh’s and International, marrying the sleek elegance of refined galleries against the industrial finishes installed to perpetuate the industrial history of the building.

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