Developer Henderson submits plans for John McAslan + Partners-designed Smithfield Quarter scheme in the City of London

Developer Henderson Global Investors has submitted a planning application for the John McAslan + Partners-designed Smithfield Quarter scheme in the City of London.

The scheme involves the transformation of the former General Market, Fish Market and Red House buildings, as well as the former engine house into an office and retail development.

The proposals will see the ground floors transformed into restaurant and retail uses, with the design also including a piazza within the General Market building.

The majority of the Victorian perimeter of the General Market, and the entirety of the Fish Market and the old engine house, will be retained and receive extensive restoration and refurbishment.

Geoff Harris, Director of Property Development at Henderson, said: “Our proposals are a thorough and legitimate response to the challenges of putting these buildings back into proper long term sustainable use, both in terms of heritage and in terms of the very real issue of commercial sense.

“The key to our proposals is adding enough density without being excessive, and in a way that is sympathetic to retaining as much of the Victorian fabric as possible. We have listened during the public consultation process over the last few months and made amendments to our proposals where possible.

“Our proposals for the revitalisation of Smithfield Quarter will enhance the public amenity, infrastructure and physical structure at the heart of Smithfield and will preserve its historic character in a modern and informal fashion.

“It represents a significant investment in growth and regeneration and will create a much livelier and active social and public space for Smithfield and the wider City. The retail and office space on offer will provide a significant step forward for the wider regeneration of the Farringdon area.

“The proposals will guarantee the future of the area whilst maintaining and respecting its architectural character, streets, places and patterns of activity.”