VINCI ST. MODWEN AND COVENT GARDEN MARKET AUTHORITY CELEBRATE NEW COVENT GARDEN MARKET FOR LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE 2018
VINCI St. Modwen, in partnership with Covent Garden Market Authority, celebrated the opening of the Food Exchange with an exhibition and panel discussion on 6 June for the London Festival of Architecture.
The Food Exchange is a workspace, kitchen space and food culture venue for everyone and everything to do with food. It forms the first chapter of London's Food Quarter - a vibrant food industry campus and a serious food destination.
With the over-arching theme of identity, an exhibition of market photographer Clive Boursnell's images chronicled the market’s history and identity over fifty years, from its origins in Covent Garden to its newest home in Nine Elms. To bring this vision to life, businesses operating from the Food Exchange and market traders offered their produce for guests to try. Oppo ice cream, Wheyhey protein brownies and ice creams, CocoPro protein coconut water and Spoon Cereals granola were enjoyed by guests, alongside fresh apricots, nectarines, strawberries and bananas supplied by Le Marche and Premier Fruits of New Covent Garden Market.
The panel, chaired by London Festival of Architecture’s Deputy Director Owen Wainhouse, discussed markets as catalysts for regeneration across London. Panelists Pam Alexander of CGMA, Eric Reynolds of Urban Space Management, Wayne Hemingway from Hemingway Design, Joe Watson of the National Trust and photographer Clive Bournsell, approached the subject each from their expert perspectives. Joe Watson described markets as “fusebox places”, where the garden and the city can meet and connect. The clear consensus, agreed by all panellists, is that people make places, and markets are centres of trade, community and transformation in London.
Philip Robbins, Head of Major Projects at St. Modwen, said: “This event was an important way of showcasing the market to local residents, aspiring architects and other interested members of the public, to celebrate the innovative businesses operating from the Food Exchange and the market itself, and to explore the significant role of New Covent Garden Market in the ongoing regeneration of Nine Elms.”