Old Spitalfields Market

Island development approach creates premium village with architectural feel

Walsh’s innovative designs facilitated the unique bars and restaurants in this iconic market as island developments to create a characterful village atmosphere with a premium architectural finish.

Each island was constructed on rafts with timber and steel connected with a number of high-level bridges and long-span stairs. All these features were designed for public access taking into account the stringent vibration and human sensitivity requirements.

We had to be aware of the existing traders and shoppers as the market had to remain operational during this build and carefully sequenced construction events for minimal noise and disruption.

Walsh also assisted in restoring the corroded steel structure of the pavilion buildings so they could be used as retail and commercial units once again. We worked closely with the architects and English Heritage to agree the remedial works and also determine roof modifications, the insertion of sculptures and the addition of wrought iron gate work.

  • Ballymore
Completion Date2008

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