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CarverHaggard wins RIBA London market stall contest

CarverHaggard's competition-winning Chrisp Street market scheme
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Brixton-based ‘design and research’ practice CarverHaggard has won the RIBA’s Middle of the Market competition with an innovative kit-of-parts stall proposal

The emerging firm saw off competition from Studio Bark and MATHESON WHITELEY/Martino Gamper to win the job to design new stalls for East London’s Chrisp Street market. 

Backed by Tower Hamlets Council and site owner Poplar HARCA, the Middle of the Market contest asked firms to come up with concept designs for the historic market in Poplar. 

Designed by Harlow New Town architect Frederick Gibberd, the purpose-built pedestrian shopping area first opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain. 

The practice now has £25,000 to develop its proposals ahead of the market’s regeneration. 

It will begin with a consultation with the traders in the form of a ‘show room’ prototype stall. 

CarverHaggard’s winning proposal uses a similar kit-of-parts approach to that being used across other market sites in Tower Hamlets. 

The first prototype, which will double up as an information point, will house potential additional elements such as shelves, rails and further methods of display. 

Following the consultation, three further prototypes will be developed and trialled by market traders. 

The eventual aim is for the design to be reproduced and rolled out across the market in the re-development of the area. 

RIBA London project manager Anna Leader, said: ‘CarverHaggard really impressed the jury with their demonstration of trader engagement within the design and project proposal.

’We wanted the new stall design to be embraced by the traders currently working in the Market – and felt their way of working would showed a deep understanding of this process.’  

Francesca Colloca from Poplar HARCA, added: ‘The redesign of the Chrisp Street Market stall is an opportunity to support our local market with practical and design-led interventions that can help us achieve a wider vision. We’re interested in supporting the delicate balance of the market’s heritage and the needs of traders, as well as a sense that the market is changing for the better and we look forward to working with CarverHaggard to do this.’

CarverHaggard's competition-winning Chrisp Street market scheme

CarverHaggard’s competition-winning Chrisp Street market scheme

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