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Piercy & Co lands Camden Lock Market redevelopment

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The new owners of London’s Camden Lock Market have appointed Piercy & Co to work on the redevelopment of the north London tourist magnet

Holding company Market Tech said the practice would take forward a planning application for the market, which comprises a mix of markets stalls, shops and restaurants.

It acquired the market in autumn last year and has since bought the adjacent grade II-listed Interchange Building and Camden Wharf on the opposite side of the Regents Canal.

Piercy & Co director Stuart Piercy said the practice, which is based in Arlington Road, Camden, was ‘extremely proud’ to be involved in the project.

‘We are passionate about both the rich heritage and contemporary culture the markets bring to London,’ he said. 

Last year – before Market Tech’s purchase - a public consultation ran on plans to revamp the market drawn up by John McAslan & Partners and Greig & Stephenson. Among the proposals was to bring a wharf below the Interchange Building back into public use.

Piercy said its project brief was for ‘a combination of new buildings and to uncover the hidden potential of the existing heritage and open yard spaces’ at the lock.

The practice added that its emerging designs ‘build on the principles that were established by the previous scheme’, including the markets’ relationship to the canal, and would provide ‘vastly improved spaces for artisans and traders’ as well as improving accessibility for the site.

It expects its proposals to go out to consultation later in the summer, with the aim of submitting a planning application before the end of the year.

Piercy’s appointment was announced at the same time that Market Tech confirmed Mace and McLaughlin & Harvey as its contractors for the redevelopment of Camden’s Hawley Wharf market area.

The AHMM-designed project, named Camden Lock Village, will see the delivery of 170 new homes, a new primary school, and retail and employment space on a canalside site east of Camden Lock.

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