The project ambition set by the client was for East to develop a design strategy for Whitechapel Market that would allow the successful Asian Market to adapt to changing circumstances of new development and allow the Market Street to remain a vibrant community centre for the existing, predominantly Bangladeshi community, while attracting new users to the market.
Aspirations for the scheme include the creation of a robust system for a daily market structure to be erected, as needed, for the market stalls. This system has been used by Parisian markets for over 200 years and was selected after a series of visits and observations of markets in London and Europe.
The proposed Market ground material palette is a simple, robust one comprised of blacktop surfacing, including sections with visible ground aggregate to define seating areas, and granite kerbs with special pieces and furniture interspersed at opportune moments. These new materials extend beyond the High Street into neighbouring areas, acting as way-finding measures to the market. At night, once the market is cleared, the special places can become increasingly active, creating a platform for new emerging events for evening activity along the Street.
Location: Tower Hamlets
Client: LDA and London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Project status: Completed 2012