Tate Britain

Tate Britain

A very unusual specialist project for Richter Associates required the installation of 2 massive steel blocks, 40 tonnes each,  forming part of an art installation at Tate Britain.  The artist Richard Serra wanted to give the impression that the blocks were sitting directly on the floor of the gallery.  This posed the problem of how to get them into place and how to support them in their final position.  Elaborate running tracks were designed to allow the blocks to run from street to final position, without overloading the floor of the gallery.  A jacking system was devised to lower the blocks off the tracks and into place – supported from a completely  new piled foundation and supporting frame all hidden within the basement.  Perhaps one of the most challenging projects we have ever undertaken!

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Crane lift for Richard Serra art installation

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Beam supports for art installation

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Basement piles and pilecaps with jacking system

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Jacking Art into place

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Steel block in final position

Richter Associates - Consulting Engineer, design services for both civil and structural engineering - Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Steel block in final position

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