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Fosters and Neil Tomlinson reveal New Covent Garden Market plans

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[First look] Foster + Partners and Neil Tomlinson Architects have revealed these images of their project to redevelop New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms, south London

The project aims to create 2,500 new homes on the 23 hectare site which borders the proposed Kieran Timberlake-designed new American embassy.

Foster + Partners has designed the ‘northern site’ which currently hosts a flower market but would be transformed to feature a new park and three towers of between 25 and 47-storeys.

Neil Tomlinson designed the remainder of the masterplan including the redevelopment of the market’s wholesale trading facilities, housing on the site’s periphery and a public-facing food retail area.

Site operators, the Covent Garden Market Authority, launched their third public consultation over the plans today (3 March).

Jan Lloyd, Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) chief executive said: ‘The Garden at New Covent Garden Market will become a new centre for food and flowers in London.  Alongside the Market itself we are looking to encourage the provision of cafes, restaurants, education facilities, training rooms, business support initiatives and possibly a public market as well.

‘We will help open up the site to the local community, and the Northern Site will act as the gateway to the wider Nine Elms area and the start of a magnificent new London Park throughout the area.’

Brenda Dean, CGMA chair added: ‘For too long New Covent Garden Market has lacked investment in its facilities and these plans will allow us to create a modern new market for our traders and their customers alike and hugely strengthen London’s food supply.’

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