Borough market recently went under £300 million worth of redevelopment. Vinopolis closed it’s doors at the end of last year and the sites new owners, Sherwood Thames Ventures/Meyer Bergman – engaged SPPARC Architecture to draw up plans.
The major commercial mixed-use scheme was designed to bring retail, offices and a cinema, around a new network of pedestrian lanes between Stoney Street and Park Street, immediately to the west of Borough Market.
Subjected to severe scrutiny from residents in the local area and regular market goers such as Jeff Pulis, 65, who voiced this investment would ‘modernise the architecture, not in line with its heritage’. Concerns were also raised at the public consultation stage.
However, construction went ahead resulting in employment for the likes of Antonio M.Barros, 20, an international student at London South Bank University studying product design; who says, ‘without this job, I wouldn’t have any chance of staying here in London, it’s so expensive!’
According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average annual cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is £12,056. If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 per year for the same breakdown of goods and services.