ENGIE appointed for roof refurbishment at Smithfield Market

19th November 2020

The Grade II listed, Smithfield Poultry Market, is set to benefit from a £5.7m renovation, after the City of London appointed leading regeneration specialist, ENGIE to deliver a much-needed new roof.

The impressive building, which was constructed in 1953, is in a current state of disrepair, prompting an extensive renovation programme.

The market, which operates overnight, will remain in use throughout the project and work will involve the construction of a working platform to the underside of the roof to provide safe access and protect the occupants below  .The existing copper roof coverings will be removed and replaced with a new copper roof and insulation and the existing thirty-six, 2.9m diameter rooflights will also be replaced with modern equivalents.  The restored roof will guarantee the life of the building for at least another seventy years.

Additional work includes concrete repairs to the external perimeter of the dome roof and a new access and maintenance system

James Cousins, Regeneration Director for ENGIE, said: “The Smithfield Market is iconic, and we’re thrilled to be playing such an integral role in retaining the building.  Future proofing our existing residential and commercial stock is imperative to supporting the UK meet its net zero carbon ambitions and projects like this, support us to achieve these goals.

“We have extensive expertise working on listed buildings and frequently deliver projects with residents or businesses still in occupation – so we are perfectly placed to deliver this for the City of London.”

Mark Lowman, Assistant Projects Director for City of London, said: “Restoration work on listed buildings can be complex.  We are keen to ensure the Poultry Market retains its heritage and ENGIE has demonstrable experience in this remit; so we’re pleased to putting substantial investment behind this project to future proof the building for decades to come.”

Work is now underway and is anticipated to complete in October 2021.