Redevelopment News 03.19
Extension to the hoarding line in the south section of the market
On Monday 18 March, we extended a small section of the hoarding line by D Road. This is part of the final stage of Phase One work.
The hoarding covers an area equivalent to six parking bays so to offset the lost parking spaces we have created some additional spaces above the hoarding area, and towards the east end of D Road. These are for tenants and customers to use.
These changes are permanent as we continue the construction of the new Fruit and Veg Market. The image below shows how this new layout looks.
Progress to buildings in the south section of the market
Since our last newsletter in February, you can see more of the progress we’ve made to the new Fruit and Veg Market with the outline of the new buildings now visible and some of the roofing now in place.
Phase One tenants.
Earlier this month we issued Heads of Terms and Relocation Guides to the 18 tenants moving in Phase One. This includes information which will enable these tenants to design their new fit out, due to start November this year. New units will become operational by April 2020.
New lifts in the Multi-Storey Car Park
During April, we will start refurbishing the two lifts in the Multi-Storey Car Park (MSCP), which we aim to have back in use by the end of the year. This work will be contained to the lift lobbies and will not disrupt pedestrian or vehicle access into the MSCP.
Process for works
There are multiple steps involved in the refurbishment of both lifts which is why the process itself is long. These works are also taking place within a confined space, which creates additional restrictions.
We appreciate that you have had to deal with the lifts being out of service for a long time now and apologise for the inconvenience this has caused. Unfortunately, we had to wait to carry out repairs in line with the sequencing of works starting on the Link House Bridge. The bridge interconnects with the location of the MSCP and the lifts, therefore grouping the work together was a way to minimises overall disruption to the area.
Stage One of the deconstruction of the West Bridge has started
Timings for works
To minimise disruption work is taking place between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, outside peak market hours. However, the area where work is taking place will remain cordoned off at all times, for the full five weeks of each stage, together with the parking bays impacted by these works. You can see this layout in the above visual.
Single lane traffic through centre row
For Stage One, the section of C Road and B Road beneath the West Bridge, and along Centre Row, has reduced to a single lane. The above visual shows how this section of the market will operate during the next five weeks. Forklift truck routes will remain unchanged. Throughout all three stages, at least one vehicle route will remain open.
Stage Two of the West Bridge works is on schedule to start at the end of April. This five-week stage will reduce the section of B Road beneath the West Bridge to a single lane. There will be no impact on C Road. We will keep you updated on this closer to the time.
To see more visuals of how the road layout will look for each stage head to brand.newcoventgardenmarket.com/news.
Reminder: ULEZ is coming on 8 April 2019
The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming into force in central London on Monday 8 April. Remember to check if your vehicle complies with new, tighter ULEZ standards or you may be subject to a daily charge. While New Covent Garden Market is currently outside the ULEZ boundary, you may travel through the ULEZ going to and from the market. The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge.
Where to check if your vehicle complies
Any vehicle that meets the ULEZ standard will be able to travel in the zone without paying the ULEZ charge. You can check if your vehicle complies by googling ULEZ vehicle checker.
To help you plan when you're considering buying a new vehicle visit locity.org.uk
Part closure on Wandsworth Road, 5-12 April
From Friday 5 – Friday 12 April there will be a part road closure along Wandsworth Road. This is so that Barratt London, a property development company, can safely dismantle one of their cranes on site.
During this period, you will still be able to exit the market via Wandsworth Road but only to turn left towards Vauxhall Cross. You will not be able to turn right. The road closure will be in operation for 24 hours each day (5-12 April).
Pedestrian access will remain open as normal. There will also be signs in place throughout the works. Barratt London will release more information about this closer to the time.