New architects for Smithfield office space development


Architects have been chosen to help draw up a new design as part of the re-development of London’s Smithfield General Market.

The firm will replace KPF which was previously in charge of the project but had its plans rejected by communities secretary Hazel Blears in August.

John McAslan, managing director of the west London-based John McAslan & Partners, said: “It is a privilege to be appointed on this prestigious project and we are confident that we can produce a quality scheme worthy of this important location.”

It is hoped that the development of the famous meat market will create new London office space although concerns have been raised that the credit crunch could impact on the plans.

Peter Rees, the Corporation of London head of planning said last week that Smithfield “could go on the back burner, given the current climate”.

However, with the announcement of a new design team it seems that developers are still keen to press on with the project. ADNFCR-1329-ID-18869562-ADNFCR