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Wednesday23 July 2014

John McAslan’s Smithfield plans 'lazy and cynical' say campaigners

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Save Britain’s Heritage reveals it is working with architects on alternative designs

John McAslan & Partners’ plans for a redevelopment of Smithfield Market in London have been slammed as a “lazy, cynical nod towards conservation” by heritage campaigners.

Smithfield Market today

Smithfield Market today

Save Britain’s Heritage said it is working with architects Burell Foley Fisher on alternative plans for a “truly conservation-led scheme” which will be revealed in November.

Clem Cecil, director of Save, urged opponents of the proposals to lodge objections at a public exhibition tomorrow. “We call on all those who love and have fought for Smithfield Market to visit this briefest of public exhibitions and if they share our concerns to express them strongly,” she said.

John McAslan's Smithfield plans

John McAslan’s Smithfield plans

Save said the proposals played “fast and loose” with the historic building. The campaign group said it was particularly concerned about the loss of the market’s original roofs and the impact of proposed modern additions.

Developer Henderson Global Investors will tomorrow reveal the latest plans, which it says are “still at a very early stage”.  But Cecil added: “Our concern is that these proposals will be the basis of a planning application in the near future.”

Save was behind a public inquiry into earlier plans for the market drawn up by previous owner Thornfield, which resulted in plans to demolish the building being quashed.

John McAslan's Smithfield plans

John McAslan’s Smithfield plans

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  • zecks_marquise

    We must use all our energy to save that exact form of the buildings. Without the original roof form, the pidgeons will have nowhere to die

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  • Horrendous. This area is already full of big blocks. Please don't put them INSIDE the one building that retains its charm and interest.

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  • Vile

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  • paltry market

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  • More curmudgeonly brutalism from the British architecture scene.

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