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Barr Gazetas in for Hopkins at Greenwich Market

Barr Gazetas has submitted new plans for Greenwich Market, replacing already approved proposals drawn up by Hopkins

Project backer Greenwich Hospital said it had dropped Hopkins’ contentious regeneration scheme for the historic market - proposals which were given the green light following a public inquiry in 2010 - due to ‘timing, economic and community issues’ (see below).

According to Barr Gazetas, the new plans will ‘sensitively enhance rather than wholeheartedly transform the area’ and include reusing the existing market roof structure.

The proposal also features the restoration and re-laying of the existing cobbles, the creation of new open space in Fry’s Court and the restoration and extension to the rear of buildings along Durnford Street.

Jon Eaglesham, director of Barr Gazetas said: ‘[Our proposed improvements] meet the needs of existing residents and retailers, and will attract international visitors while respecting the area’s extraordinary heritage.  We’ve engaged with local sentiment and have produced a series of enhancements that Greenwich can be proud of.

Hugh Player, director of Greenwich Hospital said: ‘This will be an opportunity for us to make essential improvements to the market – particularly the replacement of the 1950s roof – and has given the us the opportunity to create accessible public open space, making a much more pleasant environment for visitors, retailers and traders in Fry’s Court and to bring the historic buildings on Durnford Street back to life”    

‘The enhancements will make the market a lighter and brighter place to be, and create lively new areas for people to eat, drink and shop, while preserving the unique historical character of the site.”

The planning decision is expected in April 2014. Click here to see the plans in full.

Previous story (AJ 21.01.11)

Minister backs Hopkins’ revised Greenwich plans

The Secretary of State Eric Pickles has rubberstamped Hopkins’ reworked proposals for the regeneration of Greenwich Market

Pickles agreed with the planning inspector, who recommended approval for a revised scheme, submitted after initial proposals were refused by the London Borough of Greenwich’s in August 2009 (see below).

Martin Sands, director of project backer Greenwich Hospital, said: ‘The Hospital believes that the approved scheme, which includes minor amendments, will maintain the character and atmosphere of the current market within a refurbished environment.

This decision recognises the standard of design employed by Hopkins Architects and their success in creating a scheme that responds to the constraints of the site yet remains sympathetic to the surrounding architecture.”

He added: ‘Greenwich Hospital will consider the detail of the consent granted with its professional advisers to decide how best to take matters forward. In any event Greenwich Hospital will not consider starting the market regeneration before January 2013, following the first Christmas after the Olympics.’ 

‘More immediately, Greenwich Hospital will continue working with Greenwich stakeholders, traders, retailers, Greenwich Council and all those involved in the future of Greenwich, to make the market and Greenwich a continuing success, particularly in the key pre Olympic period.’ 

Previous story (AJ 06.08.10)

CABE unconvinced by Hopkins’ revised Greenwich plans

Hopkins’ revised plans for the regeneration of Greenwich Market have failed to convince CABE

The practice’s original scheme for the historic market, which featured a translucent canopy roof, was rejected last August despite having received backing from UNESCO and English Heritage and has now gone to appeal.

Submitted as an amendment to the previous proposal and due to be determined by the planning inspector, the latest plans were labelled ‘alien’ by the commission which also criticised the proposed layout of the market, the ‘dominating’ scale of the boutique hotel and the detailing of the glazed roof.

The design review panel suggested more be done to enhance the existing market environment, including the circular ‘organic’ route from Greenwich Church Street, branded as ‘awkward in the rectangular context of the market and the strict Joseph Kay design’.

While the retention and refurbishment in amended design (see attached document) of the existing roof in place of the previously proposed canopy roof were welcomed, CABE remained concerned that the relationship between the roof and the proposed cantilevering building was still not ‘fully resolved’.

The circular layout of the new central block, the review said, did not address the needs of the proposed retail units, and along with the amount of hotel accommodation, appeared ‘alien’ in the context of the existing market.

The CABE also suggested a direct route from Dumford Street to King William Walk to improve access through the site.

Hopkins was awarded the job four years ago, with the building originally planned to finish in late 2011 - with the hotel and market opening in early in 2012.

Hopkins' original Greenwich Market proposal

Hopkins’ original Greenwich Market proposal

The planning inspectorate is due to hold an inquiry into the amended proposals for the south London World Heritage site at the start of September, before a decision is made by the Secretary of State, sometime in early 2011.

No one from Hopkins was available to comment.

To view the amended proposals submitted for appeal, click here.

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