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Listing blow for Panter Hudspith’s plans to demolish Woolwich market

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Ministers have granted heritage protection to an innovative 1930s market structure that was earmarked for demolition under a proposed 700-home Panter Hudspith-led scheme

The government acted on advice from Historic England in awarding Grade II listed status to the former Woolwich Covered Market in south-east London. 

Campaign body the Twentieth Century Society applied for the listing, saying the roof of the marketplace near Woolwich Arsenal train station might be the UK’s earliest surviving example of a ‘lamella system’.

It would be demolished under plans drawn up by Panter Hudspith and Glenn Howells Architects for developer Spray Street Quarter.

The public market was erected in 1936 to cover open trading stalls. The Twentieth Century Society said it had been empty for some time but had recently been repurposed as popular night-time venue Street Feast.

The redevelopment proposals, for a joint venture between developer St Modwen and housing association Notting Hill Genesis, include 742 homes, 6,000m2 of retail space, a cinema, a nursery, offices, a public square and new public realm.

Twentieth Century Society senior conservation adviser Tess Pinto said earlier this year: ‘This scheme proposes to sweep away an entire city block of buildings, which have grown up organically over the last 150 years in a part of London that has already been transformed almost beyond recognition in the last few years.’

A spokesperson for Spray Street Quarter LLP said: ’We are very disappointed by the decision to list the former covered market, which forms an integral part of the Spray Street Quarter regeneration site. We will now be working with the council to consider options for the future of the site.’

Panter Hudspith associate Inge Laursen said she ‘concurred’ with the statement from the developer.

She added: ’We have been working closely with St. Modwen, Notting Hill Genesis and the rest of the development team to consider options for the future of the site given the recent listed status of the former covered market.’

Glenn Howells said earlier this year that its phase of the development did not involve the market area.

Woolwich market

Woolwich market

Source: Twentieth Century Society

Woolwich market

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  • Phil Parker

    Woolwich marked does NOT deserve to be listed.

    What a stupid decision to do so.

    Consevative conservation gone mad. Worrying trend.

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