GMW Architects appointed to look at redevelopment options for 56-acre site

The future of New Covent Garden Market in south London hangs in the balance as architects have been appointed to assess the best future use of the site.

The market, which is thought to supply nearly 40% of all the fruit and vegetables served in London’s food outlets, no longer meets traders or customer needs.

GMW Architects, which was the original designer for the market in the 1970s, has been appointed to investigate redevelopment options for the 56-acre site.

The future of London’s wholesale markets has been in jeopardy since a 2002 report concluded that they should be rationalised and consolidated.

The first stage of the study will draw up a business plan, space requirements for a consolidated market, a brief for the development of residual land and any development possibilities.