Market Lane is a short pedestrian laneway linking Dundas Street to the Covent Garden Market, one of the main hubs in Downtown London today. The Budweiser Gardens, a major indoor events location, is also located nearby. This makes Market Lane a unique public space allowing for a pedestrian shortcut to many Downtown destinations.
The Lane will then be partially open on weekends to allow exterior architectural work to proceed safely at the adjacent Fanshawe College building. Anticipated full re-opening of Market Lane is planned for November 2013.
TIMELINE - MARKET LANE REDESIGN UPDATES
March 2013 - Come Preview the New Market Lane ... Friday, March 8th at 7:00pm
Please join Mayor Joe Fontana and guests this Friday for a preview of the new Market Lane and a sneak peek of the programmable light canopy composed of 1,430 LED coloured lights. The canopy creates dynamic displays with moving, colour-shifting lights. Different atmospheres are created reflecting the changing of the seasons, special holidays and events.
The Preview will also help kick-off a week of special events in downtown London for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.
Market Lane will be fully opened for the public to enjoy from March 8 - 17. The Lane will then be partially open on weekends to allow exterior architectural work to proceed safely. Anticipated full re-opening of Market Lane is planned for November 2013.
When: Friday March 8 at 7 pm
Where: Market Lane is the pedestrian laneway linking Dundas Street to the north entrance of the Covent Garden Market, just beside Fanshawe College’s future School of Applied and Performance Arts.
February 2013 - Market Lane is COMPLETE, but ...
Market lane is now complete but will remain closed due to safety requirements for the construction site at Fanshawe’s School of Applied and Performance Arts (SAPA) just next door.
The lane can be fully re-opened once all exterior work at SAPA is complete. The anticipated date for re-opening is June 2013. In the meantime, the lane will be partially opened on weekends only.
Market Lane will be fully opened for the World Figure Skating Championships week, from March 11 to 17.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
August 2012 - Start of construction in Market Lane
We are excited to announce that Market Lane is now under construction! The last few months were busy with detailed design and public tender. Hapa Collaborative worked at refining their winning design concept to produce the construction plans and specifications for the project. As a result of the tender process, PLS Landscaping and Excavation Ltd was awarded the contract to re-build Market Lane. The pedestrian laneway is now closed to circulation and will remain so until the completion of the project, estimated for the end of November 2012.
For more details on this construction project, please see the information letter.
February 2012 - Market Lane design competition illuminated in global spotlight!
Read the webzine article.
December 2011 - Winner announced!
The City of London is pleased to announce the results for the Market Lane Design Competition. The winning design entry is:
Hapa Collaborative from Vancouver, British Columbia, with “Figure Ground”. The proposal displays a light sky ceiling, a meander bench and luminescent ottomans, along a riverbank border garden. The proposal also includes a wood deck that can be used as a stage, seat or porch adjacent to Fanshawe future School of Applied and Performance Arts. Natural limestone paving and a few Carolinian trees are also part of the plan.
Here is the complete proposal of the winning design “Figure Ground”.
According to the Jury, this proposal distinguished itself by:
capturing the spirit of London; responding to the need for a pedestrian focused, day and night, all season urban environment; providing opportunities for interaction with the surrounding context and festival activity, and; innovatively responding to the community’s aspirations for the Market Lane.
“HAPA’s winning scheme offers Londoners an opportunity to realize a leading edge design that responds to their needs for a pedestrian focused, day and night, all season urban environment that is both delightful and elegant in its simplicity.” Steve Ries, Chair of the Urban Design Jury for the Market Lane Design Competition.
Please find the Power Point presentation presented to the Planning and Environment Committee on January 16, 2012.
Market Lane Design Competition
The Market Lane Design Competition was intended to bring creativity, new ideas, and vision to this unique pedestrian space, and to showcase what excellent design can bring to Downtown London. The ultimate goal of the competition was to re-build and re-vitalize Market Lane in time for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. By choosing to undertake a design competition, the City of London was looking at a unique opportunity for an innovative and fresh look on public spaces in the Downtown.
A Request for Qualifications was issued on September 14, 2011, inviting design professionals across Canada with a creative approach and project implementation experience to qualify for the Market Lane design competition. A total of 18 qualifying submissions were received from 3 different provinces.
The jury selected five teams among many highly qualified submissions. These five teams are:
- du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Studio F-Minus / Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc / Development Engineering Ltd
- Hapa Collaborative
- Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg / Stantec
- Baird Sampson Neuert Architects / Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture / Nicholson Sheffield Architects
- Janet Rosenberg + Associates
In December 2011 a winner was announced, the City selected Hapa Collaborative from Vancouver, British Columbia, with “Figure Ground”. The proposal displays a light sky ceiling, a meander bench and luminescent ottomans, along a riverbank border garden. The proposal also includes a wood deck that can be used as a stage, seat or porch adjacent to Fanshawe future School of Applied and Performance Arts. Natural limestone paving and a few Carolinian trees are also part of the plan.
To see the other proposals for the Market Lane Design Competition (in alphabetical order of firms):
“Lightfall”, by Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects / Nicholson Sheffield Architects;
“Forest City Stage” by du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Studio F-Minus / Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc / Development Engineering Ltd;
“Evergreen” by Janet Rosenberg + Associates; and
“Flurry” by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg / Stantec.
For more detailed information please contact Julie Michaud of the City of London Parks Planning Division at 519-661-4980