Finsbury Tower

78 St James’s Street

Victoria Square, Woking

280 Bishopsgate

Tate Modern Extension

Project – Tate Modern Extension

Client – Tate Modern

Contractor - Mace

Value - £350K

Lucas painting teams were once again deployed at Tate Modern to provide a fine artistic finish to the galleries and exhibition spaces in the new 10-storey extension which opened in June.

The new building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron who also created the original gallery from the former Thameside power station, provides new places to meet, learn and create and allows Tate Modern the space to display more artworks from around the world. The construction manager was Mace.

Our operatives adopted both spray and roller painting techniques for the extensive wall areas and used the newly-launched Lucas ProFinish brush for cutting in and finer details, to ensure the ultimate quality finish to surfaces that display important contemporary and modern artworks.

The wall areas are extremely large and up to six meters high, with acoustic perforated plasterboards on perimeter walls. So we deployed large painting teams to ensure that a consistent, uniform finish was achieved to create the perfect backdrop for viewing.

It is wholly appropriate that the new Lucas ProFinish was put to such good use at Tate Modern when the ergonomically-designed brush is itself becoming something of a design classic, receiving an “honourable mention” at the Red Dot Awards for Product Design 2015 and appearing in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and in design museums in Germany and Singapore.

Lucas has a strong reputation for decorating arts and cultural centres having worked on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, the firstsite Colchester Arts Building, the Grand and National Halls at Olympia and on the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. Our teams also undertake street art projects such as the Angel Lane Bridge close by the Olympic Park in east London.