New Greenwich market designs revealed


A canopy roof and a 100-bed "boutique hotel" have been proposed as part of a facelift for Greenwich Market.

Hopkins Architects has submitted plans for Greenwich Hospital's regeneration of the historic market, which will be exhibited this weekend.

The regeneration plan will involve the "comprehensive redevelopment" of the historic market buildings, which has been subject to public consultation since 2006. The market itself has existed since the 14th Century, and the present market has been around since 1700.

Greenwich Hospital has selected Bespoke Hotels to operate the boutique hotel on King William Walk, which is expected to create 100 full or part time jobs if planning permission is granted. A number of small retail units would supplement the market buildings, and designers believe the canopy will give the market a "lighter, fresher look".

A pedestrian link will appear between the market and King William Walk, and existing post-war buildings will be replaced by the new hotel frontage.

Plans will be on display at 22 Nelson Road from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Boards will then be on display from 9am to 5pm from Monday until Sunday May 3.

Martin Sands, director of Greenwich Hospital, said: "I believe the plans will complement Greenwich's unique position as a well loved tourist and retail destination, will promote retail diversity and maintain the character of the market.

"The high quality of architecture will enhance Greenwich's status as a World Heritage Site and Maritime Heritage Site.

"Subject to planning Greenwich Hospital would intend to commence development work in January 2010 and finish in late 2011, with the hotel and market opening in early in 2012."

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I heard this isn't going ahead anymore, is this true?