Sectors : Community

Client : The Trustees of Borough Market

Borough Market is London’s oldest and most celebrated food market. Nestled at the southern side of London Bridge Station.

Working closely with Borough Market DLA Design developed a strategic brief which creates a new multi-functional space that can be utilised as an auditorium, an exhibition and education space and on a day to day basis a place for visitors to meet friends, rest and enjoy the fruits of the Market. From the top of the Podium views can be gained of Southwark Cathedral and the Shard.

Our solution creates a stepped auditorium clad in Iroko timber, which builds upon the material palette used in the Market Hall project, with recycled floorboards lining the inside face of the Podium structure. An essential storage facility for market traders is hidden discretely beneath the rake of the auditorium seating. The detail design decoration references the Victorian timber cladding of the original market canopies as well as green corrugated metal used throughout the market.

Careful integration of lighting and electrical installations allows the space to be utilised both during the day and on an evening.

The location of the Podium within Jubilee Place allows wholesale traders to operate undisturbed and the folding doors which align flush to the exterior provide security to the Podium when the market is not in use.

This new space was featured in DLA’s collaboration with Borough Market and Cambridge University Land Society’s debate on ‘Food City’ as part of the 2018 London Festival of Architecture.