Proposals drawn up by Chetwoods

A three-day public consultation on the City of London Corporation’s plans to relocate the historic Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields markets to Essex begins today.

Architect Chetwoods has drawn up proposals which will see the markets relocate east to a disused power station at Dagenham.

The authority said it had picked the site at Dagenham Dock because of its rail and river links.

A spokesperson said the new site will “create a 21st century, wholesale food location for London and the UK, providing market tenants with modern facilities in a location that offers room for growth”. Each market will have its own entrance.

dagenham dock

A concept image of how the relocated markets will look