FaulknerBrowns recently completed the restoration of Market Hall Fulham, the Grade II listed former Edwardian ticket hall of Fulham Broadway station.
Now housing Claude’s Deli, Yard Sale Pizza, Press Coffee, Thima by Farang, Hot Box, Ahi Poké, Butchies, Calcutta Canteen, Fanny’s Kebabs and Soft Serve Society, Market Halls’ first site was designed by Harry Wharton Ford in the 1880s. The historic building has been vacant for six years and has now been sympathetically restored by the architecture firm.
FaulknerBrowns has retained original features, such as the enamel ‘TO THE TRAINS’ sign and ticket offices used in the original London Underground station, with W Design Studio taking inspiration from these architectural gems to set the palette, texture and tone for the rest of the building.
A large communal dining area for over 200 people runs down the centre of the room and a bar championing independent British-made beers, spirits and soft drinks, housed in the original London Underground ticket office booths.
Tania Love from FaulknerBrowns, shortlisted as AJ (Architects’ Journal) Practice of the Year, commented, “It’s always a privilege to have the opportunity to bring disused, beautiful old civic buildings back to life with a new purpose. 472 Fulham Road is an Edwardian Baroque Grade II listed gem on a busy high street. With Market Halls’ ambition to redefine the concept of food halls in Britain in a series of uniquely curated spaces, we knew as soon as we first walked into this former station building early in 2017 that it lent itself perfectly to the idea. Stripping out the more recent architectural interventions, we were able to reveal all the period features so these could frame individual kitchens and a bar, with communal seating beneath the central rooflight.
“Social media trends demonstrate the nation’s hunger for new experiences. With food right at the heart of this. So it was vital that we provided a unique backdrop to enable visitors to really enjoy the theatre of cooking taking place in each kitchen and the fun of sharing stories over food together.
“It has been a pleasure to meet the independent traders, Market Hall staff and customers since the building opened in early May and hear all their own stories. Whether about their own trajectory as a successful chef, mentor or mixologist, or about how thrilled they are to have a new community hub on their doorstep.
“Market Halls understand the transformative contribution that food and food tourism have to play in regeneration, and FaulknerBrowns are delighted to be part of a dynamic team, which endorses the value of architectural quality in delivering a high quality, vibrant and sustainable destination for local residents, workers and visitors to Fulham.”
Louise White, W Design Studio, added, “Our design concept centred on the disused London Underground ticket office, its original features set the palette, texture and tone for the rest of the building. We wanted our design to be a subtle introduction into the building, bringing in the contemporary while being sympathetic to the existing historical details.”