UrbanSpace is currently engaged in a high-profile battle to save the historic Smithfield Meat Market, a Victorian era landmark built in 1883, from a controversial £160m plan to scoop out the “innards” and insert blocks of modern shops and offices. The proposed plan would effectively destroy the interiors leaving only the facade intact.
The Guardian, reports:
Save Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society… have submitted an alternative planning application to transform the complex into a public market and workspaces. The plan is backed by Eric Reynolds of Urban Space Management, who established Camden Lock market in the 1970s and masterminded the rejuvenation of Spitalfields in the 1990s – both then derelict, now thriving.
We’ll keep you posted as the story progresses. In the interim, do your part and sign the “Save Smithfield Market” petition.
Despite the success of the public inquiry to save the Victorian era Smithfield Market, which came to a close on February 28th, the battle continues. Henderson Global Investors’ barrister is refusing Save Britain’s Heritage campaigners’ rival plans for the redevelopment of the Smithfield Market in London.
Henderson’s intention is to redevelop the derelict General Market buildings, which once sold meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, into an office building scheme with shops and restaurants. The $266 million plan would “mutilate” Smithfield’s interiors. Eric Reynolds, the founder of Urban Space Management, which is working with Save Britain, hopes to enable the spirit and fabric of the historic Smithfield Market buildings to be preserved. The alternative refurbishment plan would retain a significant amount more of the original architecture than Henderson’s plans.
If there is to be redevelopment, the Henderson scheme has it backwards: the heritage of the site would be better preserved if it were to focus on the hall and the roof, not simply the brick exterior. The value is in the fact that it can be a shared public space, which Urban Space knows well.
Even though the battle continues it is important to realize that the Smithfield market is not just about the building but rather, the people that bring it to life.
You can follow Urban Space Management’s Smithfield updates here as well as this great NYTimes article from February 25th.
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Although best known for their lobster rolls, Red Hook Lobster Pound offers an array of delicious dishes that should be on your radar all year round. Two of our personal favorites are the New England Clam Chowder and the Lobster Mac & Cheese, both of which pair perfectly with polar vortex temperatures. Read More
As you may have read in The New York Times, The Commercial Observer and The Real Deal, UrbanSpace is opening up a permanent food hall in midtown Manhattan. Eldon Scott, the president of UrbanSpace, has signed a long-term lease for the ground floor of 230 Park Avenue.
Under Scott’s leadership, the 10,000-square-foot retail space, located in the epicenter of New York City, will be transformed into a modern food and market hall, showcasing between twenty and thirty chefs and food makers. The market will open in 2015. Read More
Today’s spotlight is on delectable Broadway Bites and Mad. Sq. Eats vendor Asiadog. Think New York street food staple (hot dogs, of course) + an Asian twist. Asiadog is best known for their specialty hot dogs, topped with a variety of creative and innovative fixings. Today, however, we’re going to take a closer look at their menu and highlight the lesser known eats that the company has to offer.
At UrbanSpace, we like to make a game out of predicting the next New York food trend. There’s nothing more exciting than forecasting which buzz-worthy new dish will inspire New Yorkers to wait in epic lines in the bitter cold or humid heat. My particular area of expertise — self proclaimed, perhaps, thanks to my insatiable sweet tooth — is dessert buzz. Given the joyous opportunity to taste test the latest and greatest from local patisseries and bakeries, I’m always up to the task. Cupcakes, macarons, chocolate cocktails… I’m your girl. So without further adieu, I’m going to take a stab at the Dessert Trend of 2014 and call it:
Donuts are so hot right now.
Our UK branch, Urban Space Management, has been a prime retail renovator in London for over 40 years, consistently working to uphold high standards of urban development by “breathing new life into derelict sites, reviving jaded retail centers, conserving heritage buildings and creating vibrant new places.”
Eldon Scott established the Urban Space New York outpost in 1994 after working on the USM UK team to help curate and manage popular retail market environments like Camden Lock, Chelsea Gardens and Spitalfields.
We enjoy acknowledging our British roots, and love keeping UrbanSpace fans in the loop on exciting updates from across the pond. Here’s the latest and greatest from the USM desk. Read More
From the UrbanSpace family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
Cheers to a fruitful new year, full of wonderful markets, food halls and other exciting UrbanSpace environments. Continue to check this blog for updates, vendor lists and dates associated with new projects. We thank you for your continued support.
On this cold winter morning, we’d like to introduce you to the wonderful vendors over at Natural OliveWood. They’re making their first appearance at this year’s Union Square Holiday Market, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them join the family. Owners Hatem and Walid were born and raised surrounded by olive trees in Sfax, Tunisia, and work with Kerri Giovanelli to bring their beautiful products to homes and kitchens all over the world.