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Covent Garden Flower Cellars
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Covent Garden Flower Cellars
photograph © Tim Soar

Covent Garden Flower Cellars London – 23 Apr 2012
A team led by international architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has completed the renovation and restoration of the historic Covent Garden Flower Cellars in London, first built in 1871. The Flower Cellars will be the first completed project within KPF’s recent masterplan for Covent Garden, commissioned by Covent Garden London, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties PLC.

Covent Garden History

This is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House. The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the elegant buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum.

The area declined as a pleasure-ground as the market grew and further buildings were added: the Floral Hall, Charter Market, and in 1904 the Jubilee Market. By the end of the 1960s traffic congestion was causing problems, and in 1974 the market relocated to the New Covent Garden Market about three miles (5 km) south-west at Nine Elms. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980, and is now a tourist location containing cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market called the Apple Market, along with another market held in the Jubilee Hall.

This tourist / boutique retail district, with the postcode WC2, falls within the London boroughs of Westminster and Camden, and the parliamentary constituencies of Cities of London and Westminster and Holborn and St Pancras. The area has been served by the Piccadilly line at Covent Garden tube station since 1907; the journey from Leicester Square, at 300 yards, is the shortest on the London Underground.
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Covent Garden Buildings

Royal Opera House building
Royal Opera House
photo © Adrian Welch

Market Building interior spaces:
Covent Garden buildings Covent Garden
photos © Adrian Welch

Market Building exterior
Covent Garden Market Building Covent Garden Market
photos © Nick Weall

Apple Walk
Apple Walk Apple Walk
photos © Nick Weall

Covent Garden – buildings
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photos © Adrian Welch

St Paul’s Church – by Inigo Jones
St Paul's Church St Pauls Church building St Paul's Church
photos © Adrian Welch

St Paul's Church St Paul's Church
photos © Nick Weall

London Transport Museum, south side of the market buildings
London Transport Museum

Covent Garden building:
Covent Garden building
photo © Adrian Welch

Freemasons Hall building:
Freemasons Hall Covent Garden Freemason Hall Covent Garden
photos © Adrian Welch

St Martin’s School of Art (old site):
St Martin's School of Art
photo © Adrian Welch

Seven Dials block, to the north of the market area:
Seven Dials building
photo © Adrian Welch

Orion House, Upper St. Martin’s Lane – Tower just west of Covent Garden
Orion House
photo © Nick Weall

Backpackers, Charing Cross Road:
Backpackers Charing Cross
photo © Adrian Welch

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
photo © Nick Weall

Space House, 1 Kemble Street, off Kingsway, east of the market area
Architect: Richard Seifert
Space House
photo © Nick Weall
Space House


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Covent Garden London: building photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk

Wellington Street building, just east of Covent Garden market:
Wellington Street building Wellington Street Building
photos © Adrian Welch

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Just north of of this popular tourist area:

TUC Building
TUC Building TUC Building London TUC HQ Building
photos © Adrian Welch

New Covent Garden Market Building London

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