Conservation project paves way for £250m Museum of London move

Julian Harrap Architects has completed the restoration and conservation of the “outer crust” of Smithfield General Market ahead of the Museum of London’s relocation.

The three-year project was the first phase of a £250m-plus transformation of the internationally significant market buildings into a new home for the museum which is being designed by Stanton Williams and Asif Khan.

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How the new London Museum will look

The museum will begin preparing for the move this summer with a celebration of 45 years in its current London Wall home before it shuts its doors to the public for good.

The building, designed by Powell & Moya, is due to be demolished to make way for a pair of officer towers designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

To the disappointment of the Twentieth Century Society, it was granted a certificate of immunity from listing in 2019 when the site was earmarked for DSR’s since-scrapped Centre for Music.

Once the move is complete it will hold a festival in Smithfield in 2025 ahead of reopening the following year with a new name, the London Museum.