Restaurants proposed for revamp of London quarter

The investment company bidding to revitalise the Smithfield Quarter in London will today unveil its proposals for the historic Farringdon site, including suggestions for various food and dining concepts.

Henderson Global Investors will present its ideas to the public at the Goldsmiths Centre and they should make interesting reading for catering equipment suppliers given the provisions for future restaurant projects on the site.

Henderson has been working closely with English Heritage and the planners at the City of London Corporation for the last two years to explore potential options for the area, which covers the General Market, Fish Market and Red House buildings.

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The firm will propose that the ground floors of the site are used for restaurant and retail purposes following extensive refurbishment and some adaption.

At this stage it is not known exactly many food venues will be recommended for the site. However, restaurants will be located within the retained and restored Fish Market arranged on either side of the existing passage.

“For some time now these buildings have lacked sustainable long term use,” said Geoff Harris, director of property development at Henderson. “Significant investment is needed to properly restore them and to deliver the commercial and civic space that is needed to be able to make the venture a success.”

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