Above the new gallery space, 16.5 metre long concrete beams – cast in situ – support the glazed roof. The area is flooded with uniquely warm coastal light that first drew artists including Nicholson, sculptor Barbara Hepworth and ceramicist Bernard Leach to St Ives.
In all, some 5,000m3 of material was excavated from the site, in 977 lorry loads. And the frame contractor brought in 3,200 tonnes of concrete, reinforced with over 250 tonnes of steel, to create the new spaces over the course of more than a year.
Despite this, the construction team managed to ensure that original gallery remained open for much of the build, closing only for structural works during the winter.
Three years after starting work, BAM handed over the project to widespread acclaim. Tate St Ives has gone on to win numerous awards, and reviews from public, the press and the construction trade have been overwhelmingly positive.