First designs of £337m Museum of London set to move next to Smithfield Market are unveiled

Mail Online | 1/15/2020 | Jack Wright For Mailonline
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These are the first designs of the planned, new £337million Museum of London, which is set to be one the capital's top tourist attractions if its bid is successful.

Currently based one mile away at the Barbican, the Museum would move down the road into largely derelict buildings by the old Smithfield Market in Farringdon, London.

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If the bid to construct a new museum one mile away in West Smithfield is accepted, museum bosses hope the massive new exhibit will be open to the public by 2024.

Proposals to move the Museum over to Farringdon were submitted last month, revealing its floor space would double from its current 12,500sqm at the Barbican to 26,000sqm.

Exhibits - Thousands - Years - History - Hopefully-new

With seven million exhibits detailing thousands of years of history, the hopefully-new and improved Museum of London is expected to be a major tourist attraction.

The Museum of London, which already attracts 700,000 people annually, hopes to double the number of visitors - up to 1,500,000 per year - by moving down the road.

Annexe - Buildings - Infill - Sheer - Scale

The Annexe buildings, currently with a 1960s infill, would be renovated, while the sheer scale of the plot would allow museum planners to stage a series of street festivals.

Visitors could enjoy perusing object stories dating back thousands of years, split between the two main buildings on the site - the Poultry Market and the General Market.

General - Market - Vaults - Galleries - Display

Whereas the General Market would be home to vaults, galleries, a huge central display, a restaurant, and a cafe and shop, museum goers could slip through a new build joining both market halls to observe learning and exhibition workshops, as well as miscellaneous learning centres.

Sharon Ament, director of the Museum, said: 'This is an important milestone for the project, as we formally set out our plans to transform the West Smithfield site and in doing so transform...
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