The City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee has today granted planning consent for the Museum of London’s new home in West Smithfield. Momentum supported the design team throughout the consent process, led by Stanton Williams architects and Asif Khan, as the transport consultant for the scheme.

The museum will occupy the historical General Market, Poultry Market and Annexe buildings to the south of Farringdon Station, moving 700m west from its existing location at 150 London Wall.

Roy McGowan, managing director at Momentum said: “From a transport perspective, this project demonstrates many unique challenges. In order to accommodate the integration of a contemporary cultural destination within the existing historic market buildings of Smithfield Market, careful consideration of the servicing and logistics requirements was needed. The proposed solutions will facilitate successful operation of a world-class museum within an iconic site, without compromising the quality of the visitor experience.

Our development proposals focus around a number of sustainable transport initiatives including enhanced public realm, a coach strategy to facilitate school and adult trips to the site, and the use of cargo bikes for servicing.”

The new Museum of London is expected to be a catalyst of renewal of the Smithfield area, further supported by the regeneration of the area, introduction of Crossrail at Farringdon station and the City of London Culture Mile proposals for the wider public realm improvements.

Momentum will continue to support the proposals post-planning, in the lead up to the new Museum of London opening its doors in 2024.

Notes to editor

Planning application documents (planning reference: 19/01343/FULEIA) can be viewed here

About Momentum

Momentum is a leading integrated, people-first transport consultancy. Founded in 2012 the company creates transport strategies and solutions that inform, integrate with and are integral to every aspect of the built environment today and for the future. Focusing on the emerging, universal and critical issues facing development Momentum works with clients to address the multi-faceted challenges of the industry and to create forward-looking solutions. The company’s three core areas of specialism in planning, insight & analytics and engineering are bound together by a shared vision to improve the environments we live, work and play in. The company works in markets including commercial, cultural and heritage, education, major events, masterplanning, public realm, residential, retail and stadia and venues.

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