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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET £437,000,000


A major project to move the Museum of London from its London Wall site to the impressive but dilapidated market buildings in West Smithfield is currently underway. The Museum of London boasts an outstanding collection of 7 million objects and tells the story of the cosmopolitan city of London from 450,000 BC to the present day. The move will not only expand the museum’s exhibition space to 26,000 square metres, but it will also relocate the museum closer to London’s Culture Mile, better meeting the needs of its collection and visitors to the museum. The new 33,000 square-metre historic market site dates back a millennium and covers West Smithfield’s Victorian-era General Market building and the 1960s Poultry Market building. The ground floor of General Market will act as a new public space to host events and exhibitions, retaining the atmosphere of the historic marketplace. Meanwhile, the 26,000 square metres of exhibition space will be split into six atmospheric underground galleries titled ‘Past Time’, ‘Our Time’, ‘Real Time’, ‘Imagined Time’, ‘Temporary Time’, and ‘Deep Time’. Atelier Brückner won the competition to design the vast subterranean ‘Past Time’ gallery. The £7.5 million project is the first gallery to be commissioned, filling 2,500 square metres of space beneath General Market, and will eventually contain more than six million items showcasing a 2,000-year history of London. When it was first announced in 2015, the new museum project was expected to cost £150 million. In July 2022, the museum was the recipient of three major donations totalling £7 million that brought the museum’s fundraising close to its initial £40 million target. In 2023, a spokesperson announced that the project budget has increased again since it was last estimated at £337 million, rising to £437 million. These additional costs have been attributed to programme delays, inflation, the addition of adjacent buildings into the scheme, and the poor condition of much of the historic fabric. The Museum of London’s London Wall site closed its doors in December 2022, and in February 2023, it was announced that Julian Harrap Architects had completed the phase one restoration and conservation of the ‘outer crust’ of Smithfield General Market. Below ground, the building’s 10,000 square meters of Victorian brickwork are currently being steam-cleaned, and the jack arches restored. After this, the bulk of construction work in the General Market will begin in late 2023. In March 2023, the museum began the meticulous two-year task of auditing, digitising, packing and moving 10,000 objects to its new site. Sir Robert McAlpine was appointed as construction manager and principal contractor for the project in May 2023. The museum’s sister site in Docklands will remain open throughout and be renamed The London Museum Docklands. The new facility will open in 2026 under a new name – The London Museum. However, later stages of the redevelopment, such as the renovation of the neighbouring Poultry Market, are not set to complete until 2028. (Updated 16 May 2023)

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Museum of London

150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

Sarfraz Arfan
Head of Estates and Facilities
020 7814 5675

Alec Shaw
Director of New Museum Project & Estate
020 7814 5675

Will Stacey
Head of Procurement
020 7814 5675

Sharon Ament

Severfield Infrastructure Limited

Severs House
Dalton Airfield

+44(0) 1845 577896

Buro Happold

17 Newman Street
London, W1T 1PD

0207 927 9700
Justin Phillips
London Office Director


13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ
United Kingdom

020 7636 1531
Edward Clarke
Associate Director, Building Engineering

Keltbray Construction

St Andrew’s House
Portsmouth Road
Esher, KT10 9TA

020 7643 1000
Darren James

Sysco Productions Ltd.

The Rickyard
Eashing Lane
Surrey, GU7 2QA

01483 429 491

Sir Robert McAlpine

4th Floor, 63 St Mary Axe
London, EC3A 8AA

020 7225 0064
Grant Findlay
Executive Managing Director - Buildings


White Collar Factory
1 Old Street Yard
London, EC1Y 8AF

020 7250 7777
Steven Toon

J & L Gibbons

19 Swan Yard
London, N1 1SD

020 7226 1345
Johanna Gibbons
Founding Partner

Julian Harrap Architects

95 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8AG

020 7729 5111
Julian Harrap

Atelier Brückner GmbH

Krefelder Straße 32
70376 Stuttgart

+49 711 50 00 770
Shirin Frangoul-Brückner
Founding Partner/Managing Director

Asif Khan Ltd.

24-28 Pritchards Road
London, E2 9AP

020 7729 3773
Asif Khan

Stanton Williams

36 Graham Street
London, N1 8GJ

020 7880 6400
Paul Williams
Principal Director

Buro Four
1 Naoroji Street
London WC1X 0GB
020 7832 5500