Artistic impression of the galleries set in the subterranean space beneath the General Market SOURCE: FORBES MASSIE

Museum of London’s latest Smithfield plans – with twice the budget

The Museum of London has revealed detailed plans of its proposed move into Smithfield Market and confirmed the scheme will now cost £332 million – more than double the original competition budget. Set to go out to public consultation later this week, the designs for the abandoned buildings near Farringdon have been drawn up by Stanton Williams, Asif Khan and Julian Harrap Architects. The Museum of London is set to move its 7 million objects from its Powell & Moya-designed Barbican base into the West Smithfield site. It said it…

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Waterloo shopping centre

New shopping centre in former Eurostar terminal, Waterloo

// Waterloo’s former Eurostar terminal will open as 135,000sq ft shopping mall in spring 2021 // 40 glass-fronted stores and restaurants to form part of a new upmarket shopping destination to rival St Pancras International // The £60m development was approved by Lambeth Council in 2016 as part of Waterloo’s £800m revamp New details have emerged about the planned retail transformation of the former Eurostar terminal at London Waterloo train station. Opening in spring 2021, the Waterloo.London scheme will feature 40 glass-fronted retail units over three floors in the form…

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Recalling Paolozzi … the reception desk. Photograph: Tim Charles

London: bureaucratic eyesore becomes new retro-risqué hotel

America’s raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad complete with retro reception, leftie library – and rooftop baths. Groovy baby! When the clerks of Camden’s highways department were issuing parking fines from their gloomy office in the 1970s, little can they have imagined that jet-setting hipsters would one day be supping cocktails in the public library below them before taking an al fresco dip up on the roof. Maligned for years as the concrete “egg box” of Euston Road, the old…

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