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The new Market Hall demonstrates a fresh approach to urban greening in Bankside Urban Forest

Borough Market, the UK’s most famous food market has opened the doors on its newest space – Market Hall
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
    The new Market Hall garden at Borough Market
Timescale: 
July 2013
Key Partners: 
Borough Market, Network Rail, Natural England
Key Outcome: 
New urban oasis of green in Bankside

The Market Hall – is a striking glass structure that opens out onto the Green Market and provides a convenient new entrance onto Borough High Street – it 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, all of which has been supported, in part, with funding from Natural England. As part of the Market’s commitment to sustainability, the plants will be watered using a rainwater irrigation system and 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.

Donald Hyslop, Chair of the Trustees of Borough Market, said:

“Our new Market Hall has created in essence a city garden for London - one that will offer visitors with a place to sit, eat, relax and chat, while discovering more about the Market and the food it sells. It is a place of exploration, a place where shoppers can be made aware of seasonal produce and special events”.                                                   

Adam Wallace, Natural England’s Area Manager for London, said:

“We were delighted to support this work at Borough Market, which is helping to create a green oasis of herbaceous plants for millions to enjoy every year in the heart of London. The work at the Market helps to underline the links between the food we eat, the natural environment and the wildlife it supports, as well as the farm businesses that deliver both.”

Peter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside BID, said:

“The opening of Borough Market’s new Market Hall has brought much needed green space to the Bankside area.  With the intensity of development in the neighbourhood, innovative and clever solutions are needed to deliver more and better green spaces, and the new Market Hall provides a perfect example of this in action”.

Jul 18 2013