Warrington Market Interior 1
The market hall contains space for 55 stalls housing a mix of retailers

GALLERY | Warrington Market prepares for opening

Sarah Townsend

The latest phase of the £142m Time Square retail and leisure scheme, the market hall, is expected to open from 15 June and become the “beating heart” of Warrington, according to one of the project partners, Muse Developments.

Muse is overseeing the £12m market hall build and the wider Time Square project, in partnership with Warrington Council’s regeneration agency Warrington & Co.

The 45,000 sq ft Warrington Market, designed by architectural practice Leach Rhodes Walker and built by Vinci Construction, fronts Time Square and has space for 55 retail stalls that will house a mix of businesses.

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A total of 14 stalls have been taken up for food & beverage retailers, including meat, fish and fruit and vegetables, coffee, bread and artisan products, while the remainder will include flowers, jewellery, a hairdresser, tattoo artist, and more.

The revamped market is expected to attract 20,000 visitors each week in the months and years after lockdown restrictions are fully lifted, Leon Guyett, development director at Muse, told Place North West.

“We are finding that in a lot of towns, the old, historic markets have had a real renaissance in the past five years,” he said.

“For us, it’s about bringing those markets up to modern standards and introducing the right mix of retailers so that there’s something for everyone.

“We truly think that Warrington Market looks fantastic, presents the right blend of old and new in terms of its appearance and feel, and has the potential to become the beating heart of Warrington – no doubt about it.”

Warrington Market dates back to 1255 when traders first opened stalls on the site off Horrocks Lane in the town centre.

The project has involved the demolition of part of the historic market building and relocation of traders to a 30,000 sq ft temporary market hall on Bridge Street, fitted out by Styles & Wood, which fell into administration this year.

Architect Leach Rhodes Walker designed the revamped Warrington Market

The temporary market will close to customers on Saturday as traders prepare to relocate to the rebuilt facility, which will open in phases according to the pandemic.

The building features a spacious food court, mezzanine floor and outdoor terrace. It is the latest addition to the Time Square development, which is nearing completion with an 103,000 sq ft council office building, 13-screen Cineworld cinema, 70,000 sq ft of bars and restaurants, a car park and public realm.

F&B operator The Botanist has a 10,000 sq ft bar at Time Square and another tenant is expected to be announced in the coming days, according to Guyett. Metis Real Estate is the letting agent for the scheme.

Muse is now working with the council and an unnamed architect on a potential third phase of mixed-use development at Time Square, to sit adjacent to the current scheme.

Guyett would not be drawn on the details, which are in the very early stages. However, he said that any future development would benefit from future footfall generated by Time Square and by several neighbouring developments in the town centre.  “Warrington is on the up, and we are very keen to do more here,” he said.

 

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By Rob

I personally think this is a great thing. We need more markets in our city centres. They are wonderful places and can work really well. Only this is, and I guess this is a personal preference, I wish our markets were a bit more like the European ones that concentrated on food rather than everything else.

“A total of 14 (of 55) stalls have been taken up for food & beverage retailers, including meat, fish and fruit and vegetables, coffee, bread and artisan products, while the remainder will include flowers, jewellery, a hairdresser, tattoo artist, and more”

In the rest of Europe, it would be the other way around, a quarter would be the remaining stuff and three quarters would be food. I mean, if I want to buy cheap phone cases, I can get that from the internet and hairdressers/tattoo parlours can be anywhere – they are not places you browse which is the whole point of markets.

Still, it’s great Warrington is getting this. Such a pity that they built that horrid shopping area that stopped this wonderful historic outdoor market from expanding somehow. But I wish we had a market in central Manchester. Amazing we don’t (and no, I don’t consider that horrid little mess inside the Arndale to be a market)

Well done Warrington.

By EOD

I was a market trader for about 15 successful years on various outdoor markets around the northwest and had a indoor unit in Wigan for 6years. I stopped doing it back in 2009. I sold my businesses because i needed a new challenge, It’s a 7days a week and 14 hour days, it’s not just stood behind the market stall serving customers, you spend your days off searching and going to wholesalers, auctions, ex catalogue warehouses etc for cheap stock, then you buy it, sort it out, price it up, then put it on your stalls, sometimes sorting out the stock you have just bought in your hallway or garage at home in the evening till midnight then up at 5am the following morning. It’s a hard graft. I still go to auctions now and buy stuff and sell it to market traders I know along with my full time job now. Being a market trader is a good job, sometimes stressful, so good luck to all market traders, especially now after this lockdown. There will need it.

By Darren born and bred in Salford