The Museum of London is launching a competition to find the architect that will design its new museum buildings in Smithfield.
Malcolm Reading Consultants — a firm that's worked on projects at the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, King’s Cross Square — will lead the two-stage contest to find the firm which can successfully transform Victorian buildings such as Smithfield General Market, the Fish Market, the Red House and the Engine House.
The winning architect will be mindful of Smithfield’s heritage, while full of ideas designs to enhance the area, much of which is currently semi-derelict.
The meat market will continue to operate at its current location.
Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, said "The search is about to begin to find world class, outstanding and inspiring architects who will deliver a design which combines stunning modern vision for a new museum with West Smithfield’s sensitive heritage.
"We hope to tantalise the world’s most creative architectural minds with the prospect of working with us on this project."
The winner will be announced in summer.