Greenwich Market has adapted over the centuries, but has its latest regeneration, realised in the wake of a high-profile failure, future-proofed it? Amy Dron finds out.
First assigned to the commissioners of Greenwich Hospital in 1700, historic Greenwich Market moved to its current location in 1831 and has continued to adapt over past decades. The successful completion of its Barr Gazetas-designed regeneration in April of this year has started the next chapter for this former fruit and vegetable market turned artisan and antiques hub. As well as providing additional retail space, flexible public realm and improved facilities including a new roof offering more daylight, it preserves and revitalises the market’s community and heritage.
Having been appointed head of property for this unique Crown Charity’s estate department in 2012, Gillie Bexson was inspired with a passionate vision for the site’s regeneration as she ate market food and surveyed the rubbish-compactors and storage areas of Durnford Street.
Bexson had come in after the previous Hopkins Architects scheme for the market was cancelled following objections in the local press – even after it got planning. It involved plonking a 100-room hotel on the site.