The City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee voted to approve the planning application in July 2013.
The plans are now going before a Public Inquiry before a final decision is taken.
The Public Inquiry will open at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at the Basinghall Suite at Guildhall, Basinghall Street, London EC2V 7HH.
You can find out more on the Inquiry website.
In July 2013, the City of London resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the western corner of Smithfield Market.
The Smithfield Quarter scheme is supported by the City of London, the Mayor of London, the Smithfield Market Tenants’ Association, English Heritage and Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
Smithfield Quarter is situated next to the Poultry Market, itself redeveloped between 1961-63, with the main, mostly Victorian Meat Market beyond. It encompasses three buildings: the General Market, the Annex Building and the Former Engine House.
Unlike the main Meat and Poultry Markets, which are not part of the proposed redevelopment, the derelict buildings in this part of Smithfield have lain empty for decades. The proposed redevelopment will preserve and bring back to life the Victorian buildings and many of the original architectural features, and provide the public with a new through-route spanning the length of the site. Three quarters of the disused market buildings will be retained and regenerated.
Two-and-a-half years working and consulting with English Heritage, City of London planners and local residents and stakeholders to design a scheme that meets the needs of a growing city, while at the same time appreciating the heritage that has shaped it. The scheme will bring active and vibrant uses back to Smithfield.
Images of the regenerated Smithfield Quarter
BREAKFAST CAFÉ AT HART’S CORNER
Perimeter buildings to Charterhouse Street with brick walls and chimneys, Phoenix columns in office reception.
MIDDAY: OFFICE ATRIUM
The General Market’s roof has been replaced with a new glass covered lightwell/atrium illuminating the retail spaces below.
LUNCH: GENERAL MARKET PIAZZA
Phoenix columns and lattice girders have been refurbished and retained.
EARLY AFTERNOON: WEST SMITHFIELD ROAD
New open-fronted retail spaces are created in the restored General Market. A covered walkway connects the buildings across West Smithfield.
EARLY EVENING: FISH MARKET ENTRANCE
The renewed Victorian canopy extends the walkway into the Annex Building, the entrance of which is adorned by Cupid and dolphin sculptures on either side of the City of London’s coat of arms.
EVENING: FISH MARKET DINING
The original glass roof is renewed, supported by existing timber beams and trusses. The addition of a glass bridge connects the upper levels.
All images © DBOX 2014
As a result of the public consultation a number of amendments have been made to the proposals including:
- Re-design of the General Market retail shop fronts to be in keeping with the original historic frontages.
- Development of the Annex Building facades to provide a simplified treatment with a closer relationship to the proposals for the General Market.
- Improved accessibility from Hart’s Corner through simplification of the levels and ramp arrangement.
- Retention of additional internal walls and structure of the perimeter of the General Market.
The redevelopment of the Smithfield General Market buildings at 43 Farringdon Street and Snow Hill, for Henderson Global Investors, preserves the best of these historic buildings and encourages new investment.
Developed with guidance from English Heritage and the City of London, the scheme transforms the western corner (the General Market, Fish Market, Red House and Former Engine House) into a dynamic development of offices, with retail and restaurants at ground level.