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Something fishy at Smithfield Market

The ongoing saga surrounding the redevelopment (or not) of London’s Smithfield General Market has taken another twist

The original KPF scheme (pictured) for the site was canned following defeat at public inquiry in August 2008 - Prince Charles had chipped in claiming the scheme and the required demolition of the partially listed site was ‘an act of vandalism’.

Developer Thornfield Properties then turned to John McAslan + Partners, whose proposals nobody but local consultees and very few others have seen. Whether they ever will is the burning question.

After Thornfield went into administration earlier this year, Hammerson looked at the viability of the site for administrator Deloitte, which has now sold it to management house Henderson Global Investors. Henderson (acting on behalf of an unnamed client - it couldn’t be Qatari Diar, could it?) is now formulating a strategy’ for the market.

The plot continues to thicken…

Readers' comments (1)

  • While Prince Charles was right, he played no part at all in the public inquiry, a long one fought and won by SAVE and English Heritage on straightforward national planning policy grounds.

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