Sheppard Robson releases plans for Chrisp Street Market, London

21st July 2016

Sheppard Robson has submitted plans to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to create a new community-focused, mixed-use project that will reinvigorate Chrisp Street Market. The plans for Telford Homes Plc and local housing association Poplar HARCA will ensure this community asset continues to thrive, with the design carefully drawing together a mix of residential, retail and cultural facilities positioned around improved and enlarged public spaces.

The ambition of the project continues the site’s history of innovation. Designed in part by Frederick Gibberd and built as part of the Festival of Britain Exhibition of Architecture in 1951, the north side of Chrisp Street Market was a pioneering pedestrian retail precinct with housing above, which will all be retained and integrated. This spirit of bold ideas is used as a starting point for Sheppard Robson’s designs for the wider site.

Sheppard Robson’s masterplan follows a thorough consultation process, which has seen the practice fine tune the proposal. The final design is a well composed response to the cultural and architectural identity of the surrounding context, with a coherent vision that binds together a genuinely mixed-use and holistic plan for the site, as well as an improved connectivity with the surrounding area.

In addition to retaining and enhancing the setting of the Festival of Britain heritage assets, the masterplan includes: creating around 650 high-quality, tenure-blind new homes with no net loss of social rent homes; building on the success of the cultural assets of the site, which will see the extension of the popular Idea Store; supporting the existing traders with an enhanced retail offer, which includes a new marketplace with canopy, around 200,000ft² of retail and a new food store; and community spaces that include a six-screen cinema, affordable work space and a new community venue.

Dan Burr, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“Chrisp Street has innovation in its foundations, with the original Frederick Gibberd design sustaining the market for the last 65 years. Continuing this spirit of boldness, we wanted our proposals to be the next phase of exemplar urban design in the area, giving the market a new lease of life through enhanced community facilities.

“The fundamental challenge of the project was to weave together a broad mix of uses, carefully choreographing a sequence of urban spaces that are defined by a rich mix of architectural forms.”