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12th January 2016

Making the finest impression at Tate Modern

Lucas painting teams are once again deployed at Tate Modern to provide a fine artistic finish to the galleries and exhibition spaces in the new 10-storey extension due to open in June 2016.

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

Our operatives are adopting both spray and roller techniques for the extensive wall areas and using the newly-launched Lucas ProFinish brush for cutting in and finer details, to ensure the ultimate quality finish to surfaces that will 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 are using large painting teams to ensure that a consistent, uniform finish is achieved to create the perfect backdrop for viewing.

It is wholly appropriate that the new Lucas ProFinish is being 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.

Danny Lucas, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Lucas said: “I’m delighted we’re working on the new extension because we were also involved with the original Tate Modern conversion too. Lucas is all about quality, innovation and design so we just love projects like this.”