Long empty site to reopen with all day menus provided by 12 independent kitchens
Fulham Broadway is set to have a new 'contemporary food court' in the former ticket hall of the underground station.
The prominent Broadway site, next to the shopping centre, has stood empty since the closure of grocery store Union Market in February 2012. Over the last five years there have been various rumours about new operators taking it over, but none of these came to fruition.
Now however a company called Agora Markets Ltd has applied to the council to H&F Council to open a food court on the premises, at 472 Fulham Road.
The application is as follows:
Erection of a canopy with signage to the front elevation; change of use of former arcade and ticket hall to a contemporary food court, comprising predominantly A3 uses with ancillary A4 and A5 use; and associated external and internal alterations.
The application, which is open for comments, can be seen in full here.
Among the supporting documents, a Planning Statement produced by consultants Montagu Evans says that The Agora Market will comprise twelve individual kitchens and a bar. The kitchens will be licensed to 'Trading Partners' who will operate the kitchens on a short term basis.
It is intended that there are a series of small independently operated kitchens arranged
around the edge of a communal seating area for up to around 210 people in the central
area of the ticket hall, with the 12 kitchen units arranged around the edge.]
The existing ticket hall fascia will be reused to provide a bar which will be directly managed by Agora.
The application says the exact mix between the different restaurant uses will need to remain flexible in order to support the concept and enable a timely response to changes in market demand without requiring planning permission in order to ensure that there are no unnecessary vacancies.
Agora Markets Ltd says its aim is to:
House the best local cuisine combining a range of operators from renowned
chefs through to exciting new talent opening their first permanent venue;
Showcase signature dishes from leading restaurants and provide a platform to
promote young talent;
Provide a food focused experience, covering a wide range of cuisines offering
small menus to maintain high quality food at low prices allowing the market to
be accessible to all, this is not a drink led operation and is pitched to attract all
In addition, it says
It is a fresh food experience; there will be no freezers on the site, only fridges,
with the food prepared and cooked on demand on the premises in sight of the
Offer breakfast, lunch and evening options drawing visitors in throughout the
day and into the evening creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, and
benefitting local retailers throughout extended dwell time; and
Constantly evolve operators to keep ahead of the newest offers and trends and keep the market fresh and exciting.
If permission for the market is granted, it will be open from 6.30am till midnight each day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with four units close to the Broadway opening early to serve breakfast and the remaining eight opening sometime after 8am.
The application says that in order to ensure that the development does not have a detrimental impact on the surrounding amenity, the management and operation of the development will be integrated with the adjacent shopping centre.This will include deliveries and servicing, refuse and recycling and security and site management.
We will keep you posted with further news of the development.
September 8, 2017
September 8, 2017