UPDATED: Mon 6th Jan, 2020. We have updated this post, removing food halls that have now launched, and introducing newly announced ones.
2018 was a big year for food halls, with Cushman & Wakefield publishing their Food Halls of Europe white paper at the end of 2017, 2018 was a year where a number of food hall projects that we’ve been working on opened, as well as others which are now in the works…
We’ve written extensively on the phenomena that is taking the retail and leisure sectors by storm, and we’re clear that things aren’t going to slow down any time soon. So with that in mind, we’ve created our list of new food hall projects in London and the wider UK that we’re looking forward to seeing more of in 2019 and beyond when they open.
Untitled Food Hall, Hull
Plans have been submitted for a “European-style” food hall in the former House of Fraser store in Hull. If it goes ahead, the landmark will attract a broad clientele by offering a top quality food hall experience, with boutique food stalls and communal tables “to give a real European experience”. It could create upward of 40 full-time and 80 part-time jobs, and is primely situated opposite Hull train station.
Future Park, Harrogate
This food ‘agri-park’ won the award for most anticipated development at MAPIC 2018. The £250m park is set to be filled with restaurants, food outlets, a farm, retail, sports and entertainment zones, co-working space and more. A majour component will be a large food hall, which will be operated by Eataly, which already has a popular site in this ilk called Fico Eataly World, in Bologna.
The overall development is expected to create 1,000 jobs throughout its construction, and bring in an estimated 3.5m visitors each year.
Canary Wharf Market Halls
When we published this article initially, we suggested Market Halls would be looking to open a food hall in York, and others regionally, however, the company has now stated they are doubling down in London, with their next site in canary Wharf.
The food hall operator will be taking a space in Cargo, a new office space in Crossrail Place. The vibe is likely to be similar to Market Halls Oxford Street, with a number of separate kitchens, 2 bars, a coffee shop, outdoor terrace, and seating for 500 people.
Mercato Metropolitano opened out of an old paper factory in Elephant and Castle. Recently, the company launched Mercato Mayfair, an upmarket food hall in St. Marks Church, in the heart of Mayfair. Now, they’re planning their next site in Ilford, which is set to be something completely different again.
Supported by the Good Growth Fund—a £70m city-wide regeneration programme—the new space will feature a community market on the ground floor, and a large hydroponic farm on the roof.
The building will occupy a neglected surface car park in Ilford Town Centre for the next five years, is designed to be dismantled and reconfigured on future ‘meanwhile’ sites. The market place features a modular design with a central walkway and food stalls on either side. There will be a café/shop and a brewery on each end of the market, too. The hydroponic farm above will be self-sustaining, and the waste it produces will be converted into electricity via an on-site biodigester.
Time Out Market, Waterloo
There have been talks for years about Time Out Market expanding to the UK for years—it’s a bit of a white whale in our studio. The original plan was for the Time Out market to take a site just opposite Old Spitalfields Market on Commercial Street. Now, things are changing and instead, we’re looking at a 2021 opening for the newly announced Time Out Market Waterloo, acted on by Cushman & Wakefield.
The food hall will be over two floors and will contain roughly 500 seats, and be home to 17 of London’s most acclaimed chefs. There’ll also be three bars and cultural experience spaces that show off the best of what London has to offer. Based on our experiences in Time Out Lisbon, we can’t wait. Visit their website.
Eataly, London Broadgate
British Land is bringing high-end Italian provenance to a food hall near you thanks to recently announced Eataly London Broadgate. According to the official press statement, “Eataly’s original idea is very simple […] to gather all the high-quality Italian foods under one roof, where you can eat, shop and learn.”
This means “the best Italian products, restaurants, bars, quick services, exciting on-site production laboratories, and a cooking school.” On top of this, we can expect “many opportunities to learn about Italian food and culture though courses, guided tastings, demonstrations and special events.” Sounds exciting. Visit their website.
At CADA we take pride in our world-leading reputation for food hall design. Check out some of our key food hall design projects below: