Smithfield Public Realm
Celebrating history and contemporary culture
A once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform over four hectares of public realm in the City of London into a world class 24-hour cultural destination.
It’s one of the most historic parts of London, but unless you are an early morning meat market trader or possibly an office worker, Smithfield is currently a space to pass through on the way to somewhere more interesting.
Now, following the opening of the Elizabeth Line and the forthcoming relocation of the Museum of London, the area from Farringdon Street to Aldersgate will be transformed into a series of interconnected pedestrian-friendly multi-functional and inclusive public spaces.
Smithfield streets are noisy and overwhelmed with traffic even outside market operating hours but soon people will take priority over cars and lorries, as roads are replaced with footpaths and landscaping, creating healthier, well-lit and safer streets.
Smithfield is a key facet of the City of London’s Culture Mile and we are working hard to bring more diverse voices and audiences to Smithfield. Artist in residence, Larry Achiampong is challenging the design process and undertaking his own research and engagement with under-represented groups, particularly Black youth and the elders in the City and adjacent boroughs.
Project name: Smithfield Public Realm
Location: London, UK
Service: Social research, Sustainable design
Scope: Masterplanning, Urban design
Clients: City of London
Landscape architecture: OKRA
Lighting design: Studio Dekka
Transport & movement: Momentum
Cultural placemaking: Contemporary Art Society
Artist in residence: Larry Achiampong