When the Museum of London moves from its current London Wall site to Farringdon in a couple of years time, it will leave a large empty space behind, and now plans have been shown off as to what might happen. The site had originally been earmarked for a new concert hall, but that was cancelled last February in favour of upgrading the Barbican instead. Since then, the City of London has been looking at what could go there instead.
Part of the reason for the museum move is that both the current buildings are not fit for modern requirements, and that the site itself, partially on a roundabout and highwalk is hard to find for people not familiar with the museum. There’s also an adjacent office block which would be difficult to bring up to modern standards.
The initial indicative suggestions would see the whole site cleared, the roundabout’s northern roads merged into the development so that the roundabout effectively ceases to exist. On this site, three new office blocks could be built with a large open space in between them to reveal more of the Roman London Wall, and the hidden fort that’s currently hardly ever seen as it’s in a locked basement.
As there will be a large street-level park and open space, they initially think a curved walkway can then link the street level to the Barbican’s existing high walks and pedways.
At this stage of the consultations, the scale and footprint of the buildings and public realm that will occupy the site are still being considered, but they cite the nearby London Wall development, where a lot more open public space has been created along with the new offices.
Alongside the conventional office rents, they propose affordable workspace packages for smaller companies looking to be based in the City.
The consultation is here.