This striking new extension to Tate Modern has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron has quickly become a world landmark.
The construction methods are as unique as the structure itself, with brick being used in a way never previously thought possible. Pairs of bricks are bonded with polymerised mortar and then connected together with elastomeric joints and stainless steel pins. Swift Brickwork Contractors Limited and Swift Scaffolding Limited had to design processes, tools and plant to tackle this challenging building.
Extensive off site prefabrication was used to minimise the effects of weather delays. 3D setting out tools were invented for the project, to ensure that tolerances of +/- 2mm were maintained over the 65m high façade.