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The Market Hall, Borough Market

Borough Market's new Market Hall is the latest green space to be delivered in Bankside Urban Forest, and provides a true 'place of exchange' for residents, local workers and visitors alike
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
    The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
  • The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
    The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
  • The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
    The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
July 2013
Key Partners: 
Borough Market, Natural England, Cross River Partnership, Wayward Plants, DLA Architecture
Key Outcome: 
A new public space and urban garden in the historic heart of Bankside.

Shoppers in Bankside can now enjoy London's newest urban space which has been developed in partnership with Bankside Urban Forest and with the support of Natural England.

The Market Hall - a striking glass structure that opens out onto the Green Market and provides a convenient new entrance onto Borough High Street - offers shoppers a place to sit, eat, relax and chat, while discovering more about the Market and the food it sells. It will be simultaneously a classroom, a kitchen, an orchard, an information hub and a dining hall, contained within a highly distinctive and architecturally innovative public space.

Throughout the year, the Market Hall will be used for growing hops, fruits, flowers, herbs, olives and salad leaves, resulting in a wonderfully fragrant and visually stimulating environment as well as providing a highly engaging focus for educational programmes. The hall’s structure has been designed to maximise its horticultural potential, with huge amounts of light flooding in through the glass, vertical planters running up the pillars, and benches constructed with planting spaces at either end. As part of the Market’s commitment to sustainability, the plants will be watered using a rainwater irrigation system. The resulting produce will be used for cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and, in the case of the hops, potentially even the brewing of a Borough Market beer.

The Market Hall will be open all week, not just the main trading days, providing plenty of opportunities for school and community groups to visit. Borough Market has never been just about shopping—it has always been a place where the experience is almost as important as the function. The Market Hall means that the possibilities for experiencing food in all manner of different ways will, from now on, be even greater than ever, and the unique setting of the Market Hall provides a green and lush backdrop for these.

Jul 16 2013