News 09•15

Pavilion Demolition

PAVILION CLOSES: 5 October 2015
WORKS START: Mid October
WORKS END: March 2016

So we can start building Brand New Covent Garden Market, we need to start taking the current market down. So we start with The Pavilion, which we are closing on 5 October, ready for careful demolition.

The Pavilion interior

The Pavilion, originally The Growers’ Pavilion, started out as just a roof in 1974. It was an area for growers, who would drive up to market, to sell their produce off the back of their lorries. Years later the Pavilion grew walls and was turned into a smaller version of The Buyers’ Walk.

More recently, the building has been in need of much repair and consequently has been mostly vacant for a number of years.

Hoardings will be going up soon and the demolition process will start. We will do absolutely everything to minimise dust, which includes jet washing the building inside and out.

Towards the end of October, when demolition of the internal and external structure begins, moveable dust suppression water jets will focus directly at the potential source of dust, where it is most needed. A Dust Boss will also provide a continuous atomised spray to damp down any other dust that may arise from the demolition.

To find out more about how we are controlling dust during works, go to to download our controlling dust booklet.

Recycling & Waste Compound and Football Pitches Construction

STARTED: 21 September 2015
ENDS: June 2016

We have hoarded off the old waste compound, ready for the construction of the new Recycling & Waste Compound and the rooftop football pitches.

Recycling & Waste Compound and Football Pitches

The new Recycling & Waste Compound will be a powerful and efficient facility that will allow us to maintain our deeply held commitment to sending zero waste to landfill. An exciting feature on its roof will be six football pitches.

There are one or two pundits on the market. Now you can put your money where your mouth is and get out there and show the world (or at least the handful of mates who show up) the magic that the football world lost out on when you decided to chuck it all in to sell fruit, vegetable or flowers! The pitches may well see some hard fought matches between traders, perhaps even a London markets tournament.

The pitches, which will be accessed from Thessaly Road only (not inside the market), are a much needed addition to our local community. Set up matches with them. Do the market proud! The added benefit of the pitches is they provide a roof to our new Recycling & Waste Compound, which will be a significant improvement for our staff that work there.

Our Temporary Waste Compound is now fully up and running in the old Pavilion Car Park, providing the same levels of recycling and waste service as before.

Construction Programme

For the most up to date information about works on site please visit our News and Works Updates page. This is the Construction Programme as of September 2015. All dates are provisional, are subject to change and will be confirmed nearer the date. The start date refers to the date that area is handed over to the contractor, it may take longer before any real work starts in that area.

Construction Programme

Other Works On Site

Temporary Sprinkler Tank

Temporary Sprinkler Tank

Works will be starting shortly in units A49-52 to install a Temporary Sprinkler Tank, which will replace the current sprinkler tank on top of the Pavilion. This makes sure that we have continual sprinkler protection in the market throughout the construction period. We’ll let you know when we’re switching to the temporary tank, which won’t be until the end of the year.

Infrastructure Works

Infrastructure Works

We are continuing survey works around the site, looking at the conditions of the existing underground infrastructure, as well as planning the future infrastructure works in a way that keeps disruption to a minimum.

Petrol Station Remediation

Petrol Station Remediation

We’ll be starting works to remediate the old Petrol Station by the Flower Market exit. Remediation means that the site will be completely cleaned up in advance of development works. The works will include demolishing the existing buildings and canopy, removing the fuel tanks underground, then treating and purifying the soil before putting it back in the ground. Once complete, we are able to start the construction of the new junction on to Wandsworth Road.

To find out, at any time, what works are on site and what’s coming up, go to

Look out for our New Hoardings

New Hoardings

As you’re driving or walking along Nine Elms Lane or Wandsworth Road, keep an eye out for our new hoardings that will be going up next month.

The hoardings are in prime position to tell customers and Londoners all about what’s coming here and that behind the wall lies London’s home of fresh!

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