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The Museum of London’s plan to move to Smithfield market has moved a step closer thanks to a funding boost.

The City of London Corporation and mayor of London have pledged a total of £180m towards the £250m project, report the BBC.

The museum first announced its plan to move from its current location last year, citing a lack of space at its Barbican site.

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Museum of London appoints Malcolm Reading Consultants to run West Smithfield International Design Competition

The Museum of London has announced that Malcolm Reading Consultants, the leading organiser of architectural competitions, has been appointed to manage its search for an architect to design its proposed new museum at West Smithfield.

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The site at West Smithfield is located in the City of London and covers approximately 25,000 sq m. It comprises the vacant Smithfield General Market, the vacant Fish Market, the Red House, Iron Mountain, the Engine House and other elements. These buildings, most of which are Victorian, sit at the Farringdon Road end of West Smithfield, where records show there has been a market for nearly 1,000 years and archaeological remains go back to the Bronze Age.

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The vision for the site is to bring these buildings back into sensitive and active use to tell Londoners and visitors to the capital about their city, their history and their lives as well as showcasing finds from the largest archaeological archive in the world.

Funded by the Mayor of London through a £200,000 grant, the international design competition will be in two stages. A panel will be announced to take forward the selection process. Following a shortlisting in the spring, the winning architect will be announced in the summer. The aim is to achieve planning permission, raise the necessary capital funds and deliver the new museum in 2021.

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This announcement follows on from the news in December 2015 that the City of London Corporation, which owns the freehold to the Smithfield markets, had acquired the leasehold interest from TH Real Estate for West Smithfield.

Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said: “Now that the City of London Corporation has acquired the leasehold, we can move forward with growing confidence to create a new museum in West Smithfield.

“The next step is to select the best possible architects to take on this challenging and exciting brief. So the search is about to begin to find world class, outstanding and inspiring architects who will deliver a design which combines stunning modern vision for a new museum with West Smithfield’s sensitive heritage.”

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Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation said: “Smithfield is one of the most architecturally and historically important areas of the City. Therefore it is absolutely crucial for the Museum of London to find an architect who will be mindful of Smithfield’s heritage and propose designs which will enhance the area.”

Malcolm Reading Consultants has over 18 years’ experience of running high-profile international open competitions. The consultancy’s portfolio includes projects for the Guggenheim in Helsinki, Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, King’s Cross Square and Queen Elizabeth Park’s Culture and Education Quarter, ‘Olympicopolis’.

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Malcolm Reading, architect and competition organiser, said: “The museum’s ambition to make West Smithfield its new home, and create a dynamic cultural destination, is inspirational. It’s a challenging site with a strong identity and a robust setting. This is a project which will intrigue the global design community.”

For more press information please contact Andrew Marcus, Head of Communications, Museum of London, on +44 (0)7725 617865 or

Architects wishing to receive the launch flyer for the International Design Competition should contact Malcolm Reading Consultants by email only at

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