South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Tate St Ives wins RIBA South West award

The redevelopment of Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobart Architects was one of eight projects to win a RIBA South West Award. The transformation of the gallery, which was unveiled last October, involved creating new exhibition and studio spaces, as well as refurbishing the original 1993 building.

RIBA said of the extension: “The extended gestation of the reconfiguration and extension of the Tate St Ives has resulted in a building with more than twice as much gallery space which resolves the functional challenges of the original building, increases the car parking provision at the top of the site and creates an enhanced public route from top to bottom of the site. The visible manifestation of the new building is minimal and modest, underplaying its impact on the interior experience for visitors and staff.

"The evolution of this iconic south west attraction has overcome huge challenges, navigating vociferous local stakeholders and significant site constraints. By architectural ingenuity, a building has been delivered where there appeared to be no site available, with minimal intrusion on an already crowded horizon. It has created an intriguing new public landscape and pedestrian connection from hilltop to beach and, with subtle reordering of the original gallery, it achieves a seamless environment to in which to enjoy art."

As a regional award-winners, Tate St Ives will be in the running for the Riba National Awards 2018, which will be announced next month. Winners of the national awards could be in line for RIBA's top accolade, the Stirling Prize, which recognises the best new building in the UK and will be announced in October.