I listened this evening to Sharon Ament, the Director of the Museum of London, and Asif Khan, one of the architects of its new plans (he is working with Stanton Williams and Julian Harrap) about what they have proposed for the development of the existing historic buildings in Smithfield and their development into a complex, multicultural and food-based account of London’s history. What I hadn’t realised while they talked was how nearly we escaped the development and demolition of the entire site, as is clear on the attached description by Save of what might have happened. It’s a salutary reminder as to how much radical and random demolition is currently happening all over London and how important it is to retain the historic fabric and texture of the city (please note Robert Jenrick).
2 thoughts on “The New Museum of London”
Meanwhile, it seems the City of London would like to move the meat market out of Smithfield. Presumably in favour of yet more retail & office space. Perhaps this move may yet be scuttled by the forthcoming economic conditions
Yes, no doubt it will look as dull as the planned development of Truman, Hanbury and Buxton in Spitalfields. Charles