John McAslan to draw up new Smithfield plans
John McAslan + Partners has taken over from KPF to draw up new proposals for Smithfield General Market, London.
Thornfield Properties, which owns the Smithfield site, announced today (10 November) that it has appointed the west London-based practice to bring forward a new scheme in an attempt to develop the site.
Earlier this year, Thornfield and KPF unsuccessfully fought a public inquiry to demolish the Smithfield General Market site and deliver new office and retail space.
It is understood that the developer has been in talks with both the City of London Corporation, English Heritage and other stakeholders over the past few months.
Thornfield Properties chairman, Jason Marcus, said: ‘Thornfield is completely committed to the long-term future of this important site. We are delighted to currently be engaging with both the City and English Heritage to work together in producing a scheme that can bring the site back into active use and contribute positively, not only to the immediate location, but also to London as a whole.
‘In this connection, we believe the consensus reached on the architect appointment is an important step forward. It is clear that what is required is a unique scheme, of which all stakeholders can be proud.’
In August this year, communities secretary Hazel Blears blocked Thornfield and KPF’s plans, claiming that the scheme would ‘cause harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of listed buildings’.
John McAslan, managing director of John McAlsan + 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.’