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Museum of London West Smithfield International Design Competition
Museum of London building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Museum of London Building Competition – 14 Jan 2016
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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St Bartholomew’s Hospital north entry building:
St Bartholomew's Hospital north entry building

Smithfields Circus: buildings on the east side:
Smithfields Circus

Old church, Smithfield
Old church Smithfield

Smithfields Market
Smithfields Market

Location: Smithfield, London, England, UK

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This institution, to give it its official name, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Located within the Square Mile of the City of London it is housed in three listed buildings. It is a place packed with history – there has been a livestock market on the site for over 800 years – and yet is as modern as tomorrow with its state-of-the-art facilities for the receiving, storing and despatching of meat and poultry:
Smithfield Market

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This is an area of the City of London, in the ward of Farringdon Without situated in the north-west part of the City. The core street of the area is West Smithfield. There are a group of important institutions located in the area, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the London Charterhouse, the Livery Halls of the Butchers’ Hall and the Haberdashers’ Hall, but is mainly known for its centuries-old meat market, today the last surviving historical wholesale market in Central London.

Smithfield has a bloody history of executions of heretics and political opponents, including major historical figures such as Scottish patriot William Wallace, Wat Tyler, the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, and a long series of religious reformers and dissenters.

Today, the Smithfield area is dominated by the imposing, Grade II listed covered market designed by Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones in the second half of the 19th century. Some of the original market buildings were abandoned for decades and faced a threat of demolition, but they were saved as the result of a public inquiry and will be part of new urban development plans aimed at preserving the historical identity of this area.
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