The Museum of London has fired the starting gun for the main works contract to deliver its new home in West Smithfield.

Firms are now being invited to prequalify to bid for the £140m contract, which will be let through a competitive dialogue procedure due to the complex nature of the project.

Plans from the architectural team of Stanton Williams and Asif Khan with Julian Harrap Architects look to preserve much of the historic fabric of the old market buildings forming the site.

The 250,000 sq ft scheme will involve redevelopment of the now disused General Market, the Fish Market, the triangular Red House and the basement of the listed 1960s Poultry Market.

It will involve major restoration and renewal challenges for builders.

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