Preston’s refurbished grade-two listed Market Hall has opened its doors today after a £3m restoration and new-build programme by contractor Conlon.
The 19th-century market has reopened following the construction of a new glazed interior, improved outdoor facilities, and food-and-drink led indoor stalls.
Traders due to welcome their first customers include a craft beer bar run by local pub the Guild Ale House; a fishmonger; butcher; Caribbean food stall; a jeweller; cheesemonger; and flower sellers.
Around 75% of the space inside the market has been allocated for food and drink usage.
Alongside Conlon, the delivery team for the project includes Frank Whittle Partnership and Greig & Stephenson. Construction has included the installation of around 360 glass panels alongside refurbishment of the market’s steelwork and stone flags.
Cllr Robert Boswell, deputy leader at Preston City Council, said: “The wait is finally over and the doors are open. This magnificent structure propels Preston Markets well and truly into the twenty-first century, whilst being sympathetic to its heritage.
“New and familiar traders will provide fresh, local produce from their new home so please shop local and support them.”
The market replaces the existing indoor facility, which will be demolished to make way for a Muse-led development including a cinema and restaurants.
The overall Markets Quarter project, which includes the outdoor covered market, Muse’s scheme, and the restoration of the Fish Market canopy, is worth £50m.