The City of London’s old fruit and vegetable market moved in 1991, leaving empty a uniquely central heritage building under a huge roof. USM was invited to form a joint venture with the Spitalfields Development Group to “invent” an interim use.
A range of initiatives was created with minimal investment, becoming an entirely new destination with a 200 stall market, a unique “food village” with chalet units sharing common eating space, arts and fashion events, sports pitches, a swimming pool, even an opera house.
Redevelopment has since reduced the space, but USM’s model took firm root and today’s market to most Londoners is the traditional Spitalfields.
|Project dates||1992 - 1999|
|Uses||Market, restaurants, food village, retail, arts workshops, sports, swimming pool|
|Jobs created||550 plus over 500 in the surrounding area|
|Major initial tenants||Market Sports, Dandylion Trust, Spitalfields Market Opera, Prince's Trust|
|Highlights||Alternative Fashion Week, Organic Market, Market Sports Day, Visit by HRH Prince Charles, Roland Emmett installation|
|Partnerships||Spitalfields Development Group, Bethnal Green City Challenge|