Linear park for Covent Garden site

Green space included in 24ha regeneration proposal for land around New Covent Garden Market.

Plans to regenerate New Covent Garden Market and surrounding land in London have been anchored around a linear park that runs the length of the 24ha site from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station.

The park will focus on a 4.2ha green space called the Northern Site, which is 400m from Vauxhall Cross. This will form the start of the proposed linear park, which will thread its way east to west.

"More than 1,600 new homes in nine buildings will overlook the park, arranged to let daylight reach the landscape," said the Covent Garden Market Authority, set up by the Government in 2006 to lead the redevelopment.

Outline plans submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth last week include a new market paid for by 2,450 homes, shops and offices. Landscape architect Capita Lovejoy and architect Foster + Partners worked on the masterplan, which includes another gateway green space, of 1.3ha, leading to the park.

Developers Bouygues UK and St Modwen are competing for the contract and a winner is due to be chosen in the spring. Five buildings and a dedicated flower market will replace the old market, based at Vauxhall since 1974.

Covent Garden Market Authority chair Baroness Brenda Dean said: "Our vision is deliverable at no expense to the taxpayer and is an attractive proposition for the private sector."

Chief executive Jan Lloyd said: "The submission of our outline planning application is the culmination of years of analysis and preparation.

"Our vision is for a modern new market, replacing buildings nearly 40 years old, to become a new centre for food and flowers in London."

New Covent Garden Market In statistics

The UK's largest fresh-produce market is 800 years old, sells more than 350 types of fruit and veg and has a turnover of £584m including:

- £154m fruit and vegetable wholesale.

- £47m flower wholesale.

- £183m food service and wholesale distribution.

- £80m other food related activity.

- £120m importer, agents and other services.


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