LCE have utilised their expertise in urban renewal to develop and propose a scheme that will not only deliver a modern continental style covered market but will reinstate the urban grain of the market and its environs and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the London Road.
The key goal to the re-development of the Open Market was to turn it into a continental style covered market taking advantage of the recent trends in the growth of markets, and the public’s growing interest in food related environmental issues, to provide a one-stop shopping experience for fresh, healthy, local produce in a covered purpose-built environment.
The new market looks to create a sense of place within London Road and the wider context. A direct covered link is placed between London Road and Ditchling Road, reinforcing the relationship between the two Roads. The canopy roof is used firstly to advertise the market to passing trade and then to draw people into and along the short colonnade before the new market square is revealed at the heart of the scheme. While protecting the market from the elements, the roof canopy will be detailed so that air can circulate through the structure and out of the roof. The plan alignment of this saw tooth roof is slipped to allow natural daylight into the market.
The Open Market is part of a larger development and looks to reinstate Francis Street as a mews, with the “garage doors” on the north side providing delivery access to the market with housing above. Additional housing is provided on the other side of the market framing the new entrances.