SPPARC completes commercial development next to London’s Borough Market


The design of SPPARC was inspired by the tracing and tracking of the region’s lost medieval street pattern. The new high-quality public domain was woven over 8,500 m2 re-used Victorian viaduct, as well as using a series of formerly disused warehouses.

The development also includes five new buildings and several new public spaces, which are intended to increase the porosity of the neighborhood for pedestrians.

In addition to retail, the development will contain restaurants, movie screens, a workspace and a gallery housed in the double-height Victorian arches. Two new office buildings are also part of the scheme and will be operated by TOG (The Office Group).

architect’s view

Borough Yards is a place that resonates with the mixed play and work life of modern city dwellers.

Located next to the historic Borough Market, the development of five buildings to offer new shopping streets, cultural galleries, work space and cinema is urban and welcoming.

From the start of the design process, there were questions to answer to inform the layout and architectural typology of the project. Part of the challenge was understanding and using the Victorian viaducts at the site. This constraint has become a virtue, digging new openings to facilitate pedestrian circulation and creating new monumental spaces under the arcades for shopping experiences. Combined with the new paths that have been opened through the neighborhood and the public realm through Borough Yards, readability and walking are improved in the area.

Each of the five buildings has a unique character, but each is linked by its contextual masonry references and intricate details to establish a dialogue with its neighbors and with the market. They are grainy and textured and echo the surrounding brick facades and roof profiles – a modern response to a particular heritage setting that is an essential part of London’s fabric.

Trevor Morriss, Director, SPPARC

Customer view

At MARK, we have always been passionate about two things: creating brands for places and breathing new life into heritage spaces and buildings, adapting them to the use of the modern era. With Borough Yards, we saw an opportunity to do both. Taking advantage of Borough Market’s world-famous reputation and taking inspiration from the Victorian architecture that makes up the site, we worked with SPPARC to create a new commercial and cultural district anchored in a new public realm and an attractive offering of restaurants and of bars. while creating a new shopping destination in an area historically underserved by retail.

Marcus Meijer, Managing Director, MARK

Project data

Start on the spot september 2018
Completion date November 2021
Gross interior floor area about. 16,400 m2
Gross floor area (internal + external) about. 18,750 m2 (16,400 + 2,350)
Form of contract or procurement route Design and build with SPPARC novation
Construction cost not disclosed
Architect SPPARC
Customer BRAND
Structural engineer To evolve
M&E Consultant Meinhardt
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Fire engineer Fire surgery
Exterior lighting Equation
Orientation FRA Creative
BREEAM Arup
Landscape consultant Ares
Acoustic consultant Sand brown
Project Manager RPM
Principal designer Baynham meikle
Certified building inspector Bureau Veritas
Main contractor Wates
CAD software used Revit

Environmental performance data

On-site energy production cogeneration 185 kWe; 250 meters2 PV on the roof
Watertightness at 50pa 10 foot3/ hm2
Global u value weighted by zone 0.12 – 0.15 w / m2 k (roofs); 0.12 – 0.15 w / m2k (walls); 1.6 -1.9w / m2k (glazing)
Design life 50 years
Annual CO2 emissions 140 tCO2Per year – 36% reduction compared to part L 2013

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