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Kingston Ancient Market Place & Stalls

Kingston Ancient Market Place & Stalls

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Location: Kingston upon Thames
Architect/Landscape Architect/Lighting Designer: Tonkin Liu
Client/Owner: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Part-Funding Client: Greater London Authority
Market Traders Management: Kingstonfirst
Market Consultant: Quarterbridge
Structural Engineer: Rodrigues Associates
Main Contractor/Builder: Balfour Beatty
Joinery Company & Wood Supplier: KLH
Transport & Civil Engineer: JMP
Wood Species: Spruce

The glowing orchard design of the Kingston Ancient Market Place & Stalls has diversified the area. The perforate, CLT market stalls trade during the day then transform into lanterns at night. The use of timber echoes the Tutor timber structures that surround. CLT panels, chosen for durability, tactility and adaptability, form the inverted bowstring truss roofs, the walls and doors. The design is adaptable, shelves and fixtures can be added to the internal timber walls. The hybrid roof and canopy structure utilises CLT in compression and thin steel struts in tensile, enabling the timber thickness to be minimal. The stalls have been grouped and positioned to open up urban vistas, capturing key views of All Saint’s Church, Guild Hall and the historic alleyways, and adhere to the strict mechanics and psychology of market stalls.