© Tate Liverpool , Andrew Dunkley and Mark Heathcote

TATE Liverpool selects architects for major gallery reimagining

Image: © Tate Liverpool , Andrew Dunkley and Mark Heathcote

The redesign is hoped to meet the “ambition of today’s most exciting artists” through the development of flexible social spaces

Tate Liverpool has selected 6a architects to lead the reimagining of the gallery on Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, part of a £25m transformation.

The firm won the tender to transform the gallery’s spaces following an open competition which garnered applications from around the world.


Following a grant from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, Tate will work with 6a to redesign the space to meet the “ambition of today’s most exciting artists”.

In January TATE said it was seeking a professional team to support the ambition and to bring “coherent architectural and engineering response to the needs and expectations of present-day artists and visitors”.

The project will see the development of social spaces hoped to better connect with the city and its communities, creating an environment that is “flexible and inviting and able to host people, art and ideas in equal measure”.

The practice was chosen from a shortlist which included Asif Khan architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and Witherford Watson Mann architects.

Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool, said the practice has “an outstanding track record of reworking historic buildings, often in partnership with cultural organisations and I’m confident in their ability to deliver something very special with us in the coming years.”

Tate Liverpool is housed in an 1846 warehouse that was redesigned by Sir James Stirling and Michael Wilford in the late 1980s as the cornerstone of the reinvention of the Royal Albert Dock.

Stephanie Macdonald, Founding Director at 6a architects, said: “We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with Tate Liverpool to imagine how this great museum can once again offer artists and audiences a renewed experience of art reflecting the warmth and energy that this extraordinary city is known for.”