Flower sellers at New Covent Garden Market are looking ahead to moving venues after more than 40 years at their base in Vauxhall, south London. The 30 businesses will move to a smaller 4,650sq m (50,000sq ft) building nearby in January 2017 as part of the redevelopment of the Nine Elms site.
NCGM said: "The reason for this change is to make sure that the move is as smooth as possible for everyone.
"Thames Water need to access the Flower Market’s new site near the main entrance for investigations. We’re worried these works could over-run and delay construction on the new building. We want to be absolutely certain there will be nothing to prevent a smooth move.
"Our wholesalers will move over the weekend 25-26 February and we’ll be ready to open for business in our new home on Monday 27 February 2017.
"We’re sorry we have to move the date again and for any of your plans that may need to change because of it. It will be an exciting move, but it’s vital we have the time we need to get it right.
"The new move date means we’ll have access to the building for a longer period before the move, which gives us more time for pre-move preparations. We have chosen 27 February so that you will have a chance to recover from Valentine’s Day and still have plenty of time to get settled into your new home before Mothers’ Day on 26 March."
There is a time lapse video of construction at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grSbyAtBAUA