The historical and architectural significance of Smithfield Market makes it one of the standout buildings in the City of London. After several years of debate and controversy around plans to restore and repurpose the buildings, work is now starting to go ahead. The project requires the services of experienced construction professionals to ensure a respect for the rich history of the area is incorporated into the work. We are proud to be involved in the project.
Whilst structural alterations in city centres always pose a challenge, in the case of Smithfield Market there are unique conditions to be considered. Much of the controversy around the project has been down to the need to balance preserving buildings of historical significance, making structures safe to use, and delivering working buildings that have a sustainable purpose and future. All of these requirements need to be respected and met as far as possible.
Another factor affecting the project is the confirmation that the Museum of London will be relocated to the western area of Smithfield Market. At this stage, the plans are for a new music hall to be placed in the Museum’s current location at London Wall, and it is anticipated that the Museum will be ready to open in its new home in around five years time. This new addition will need to be carefully factored into the renovations.
Over the years we have earned an outstanding reputation for working on all types of structural alterations in city centres, including making changes to historic properties where it is important to strike a balance between preservation, safety and functionality. This is underlined by the fact that we have been selected to contribute to the Smithfield Market regeneration project. We appreciate the importance of ensuring that these changes are brought to this famous area in a way that preserves and protects the rich historical architecture, and will strive to meet the challenge.