Situated on Millbank in London, Tate Britain is a tourist hotspot dedicated to the finest British art dating back to the 16th century.
The site originally housed the Millbank prison which was the main departure point for criminals being sent to Australia. Following the demolition of the prison, the National Gallery of British Art (Tate Britain as of 2000) was opened in 1897 by Sir Henry Tate, making it the first of the four Tate galleries.
The building has gone through numerous renovations since it’s 19th century opening. In 1987, the Clore gallery was opened and went on to win a Royal Institute of Architects award the following year. More recently in 2006, Caruso St. John architects began a long term development and renovation project which aimed to create nine new galleries. The redevelopment featured a number of different renovations spanning seven years, whereby we were chosen to supply an Ironmongery and access control solution in the new galleries.
Whilst most of the doors throughout the galleries are made from European stained oak, the nature of a gallery inevitably meant there was a need for flexibility in design. Due to this, Allgood provided a mixture of stainless steel and bronze finish hardware.
Allgood were also able to provide an ironmongery package that satisfied the architects specific product requirements by tailoring pull handles and lever action flush bolts to a range of bespoke doors. Allgood also provided signage, ranging from bronze to polished stainless steel finish, which included specially made signage to fit different sized doors.
Having previously worked with the museum on their Manton shop, Allgood were well prepared for this project and the existing relationship enabled a smooth operation that was completed on time and within budget.