March 2013 - Come Preview the New Market Lane ... Friday, March 8th at 7:00pm
Please join Mayor Joe Fontana and guests this Friday for a preview of
the new Market Lane and a sneak peak of the programmable light canopy
composed of 1,430 LED coloured lights. The canopy creates dynamic
displays with moving, colour-shifting lights. Different atmospheres are
created reflecting the changing of the seasons, special holidays and
The Preview will also help kick-off a week of special events in
downtown London for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.
Market Lane will be fully opened for the public to enjoy from March 8
- 17. The Lane will then be partially open on weekends to allow exterior
architectural work to proceed safely. Anticipated full re-opening of
Market Lane is planned for June 2013.
When: Friday March 8 at 7 pm
Where: Market Lane is the pedestrian laneway linking Dundas Street to
the north entrance of the Covent Garden Market, just beside Fanshawe
College’s future School of Applied and Performance Arts.
February 2013 - Market Lane is COMPLETE, but ...
Market lane is now complete but will remain closed due to safety
requirements for the construction site at Fanshawe’ School of Applied
and Performance Arts (SAPA) just next door.
The lane can be fully re-opened once all exterior work at SAPA is
complete. The anticipated date for re-opening is June 2013. In the
meantime, the lane will be partially opened on weekends only.
Market Lane will be fully opened for the World Figure Skating
Championships week, from March 11 to 17.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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December 2012 - Delayed completion date for Market Lane
There have been delays in the construction schedule for this project
and the estimated completion date has been revised to January 11, 2013.
The lane will be open to pedestrian circulation on weekends during
daylight hours, for December 15 -16 and December 22 - 23.
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August 2012 - Start of construction in Market Lane
We are excited to announce that Market Lane is now under
construction! The last few months were busy with detailed design and
public tender. Hapa Collaborative worked at refining their winning
design concept to produce the construction plans and specifications for
the project. As a result of the tender process, PLS Landscaping and
Excavation Ltd was awarded the contract to re-build Market Lane. The
pedestrian laneway is now closed to circulation and will remain so until
the completion of the project, estimated for the end of November 2012.
For more details on this construction project, please see the
February 2012 - Market Lane design competition illuminated in global
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December 2011 - Winner announced!
The City of London is pleased to announce the results for the Market
Lane Design Competition. The winning design entry is:
Hapa Collaborative from Vancouver, British Columbia, with “Figure
Ground”. The proposal displays a light sky ceiling, a meander
bench and luminescent ottomans, along a riverbank border garden. The
proposal also includes a wood deck that can be used as a stage, seat or
porch adjacent to Fanshawe future School of Applied and Performance
Arts. Natural limestone paving and a few Carolinian trees are also part
of the plan. Here is the complete proposal of the winning design “Figure
According to the Jury, this proposal distinguished itself by:
- capturing the spirit of London;
- responding to the need for a pedestrian focused, day and night,
all season urban environment;
- providing opportunities for interaction with the surrounding
context and festival activity, and;
- innovatively responding to the community’s aspirations for the
“HAPA’s winning scheme offers Londoners an opportunity to realize a
leading edge design that responds to their needs for a pedestrian
focused, day and night, all season urban environment that is both
delightful and elegant in its simplicity.” Steve Ries, Chair of the
Urban Design Jury for the Market Lane Design Competition.
Please find the Power
Point presentation presented to the Planning and Environment
Committee on January 16, 2012.
To see the other proposals for the Market Lane Design Competition (in
alphabetical order of firms):
by Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture / Baird Sampson Neuert
Architects / Nicholson Sheffield Architects;
City Stage” by du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Studio F-Minus / Ron
Koudys Landscape Architects Inc / Development Engineering Ltd;
by Janet Rosenberg + Associates; and
by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg / Stantec.
Panels from all five proposals will be displayed shortly in the
windows of the future Fanshawe School of Applied and Performance Arts
for the public to view.
The winning team will now work on the construction documents so that
this project can be tendered in April 2012 and the construction started
in July of this year. The unveiling of the new Market Lane is
anticipated for November 2012.