City of London Corporation Wholesale Markets

Closes 6 Aug 2019

The Vision for Dagenham

Core to the City Corporation’s vision is to create a world-class wholesale market for London and the UK that meets a diverse set of consumer needs for generations to come.

To achieve this, we need to co-locate our three wholesale markets to the Barking Reach site in Dagenham so they can continue to play a critical role in feeding London and the South East.

Our ambition is to create a market that:

  • supports the UK and London economies
  • supports communities and
  • supports the environment

However, our vision extends beyond the walls of our market buildings.

Developing a focus for food in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

We hope that, working with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, the new market site will sit at the heart of a Food Park where food manufacturers, producers, and logistics companies will choose to locate for mutual benefit. The chosen location at Dagenham Dock is already home to a number of food related suppliers.

Stimulating training and development in all things food with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Our wholesale markets have supported generations of butchers, grocers and fishmongers and Billingsgate Market already hosts the popular Billingsgate Seafood School.

We want the new market to provide opportunities for generations to come and therefore have an ambition, working with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham to locate a food school in the Borough to foster talent in the food industry through apprenticeships and the delivery of world class food courses.

In time, working with the Borough, we will explore the potential to create a food destination for the public located within the Borough where retail customers can buy and eat fresh food supplied by the markets.  There are number of potential locations where a food destination could be created, in tandem with other development, such as around the River Roding.  

River and rail

As London’s roads are becoming ever more congested, our aim is to create better, more sustainable ways of transporting produce to and from the market.

The City Corporation’s preferred option is locating the wholesale markets on a site in Dagenham which benefits from rail access and is near the river. In order to avoid adding to the congested road network, we will explore the potential of moving produce using rail freight and the river.

In summary we hope that the move of the markets will be the catalyst for the following benefits:

For the Economy:

  • Supporting small and medium enterprises and ensuring businesses in the market continue to benefit positively from their association with the world-famous brands of Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields
  • Enabling businesses to grow and expand their trade partners and customer base locally and internationally on a site that is able to support this
  • Enabling market and other food related businesses to thrive and create jobs for the local community

For the Community:

  • Providing Londoners with access to healthy sustainable food for all cultures and needs
  • Investing in people and communities based in the local area
  • Developing skills in the food and markets industry – through apprenticeships, potential access to affordable workspaces and educational facilities

For the Environment:

  • Developing modern market buildings that promote and support environmental sustainability
  • Consolidating deliveries to reduce the volume of vehicles on the road network, and seeking to make use of the river and rail network for transporting produce
  • Developing with our tenants, approaches to the sourcing of sustainable food to respond to changing  tastes