Preston Market Hall tenders invited

Preston City Council has launched a competition to select a local contractor to build a £4m glazed market hall beneath the refurbished listed canopy in the city centre.

Cllr Peter Rankin, leader of the council, said: “We’re at another exciting stage of the ongoing regeneration and redevelopment of Preston Markets Quarter as we start the process to identify a contractor to take on this special project for Preston. We would particularly like to hear from local building firms who would be interested in taking a lead role in this landmark development in the city.”

Preston-based architecture firm, Frank Whittle Partnership, is overseeing the project.

County councillor David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Our goal for the £430m City Deal is to unlock many more of these sorts of opportunities, which will together generate tens of thousands of new private sector jobs and attract billions of pounds in leveraged commercial investment.

A planning application for the new Market Hall was submitted in April and is awaiting a decision. Subject to planning, work could begin on site in early 2017.

The Market Hall is linked to the new cinema-led development next door, led by Muse Developments.

Expressions of interest from building contractors should be submitted prior to Friday 24 June 2016 via The Chest procurement portal where there are further details.

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Instead of hiring a local contractor why dont they get a company that specialises in glass construction. Preston Council have a record for bad planning and urban development. They previously failed to maintain public buildings in particular the art deco Lancastria house. Also look at the docklands development, what a wasted opportunity.

By John Turner

The usual balls-to-the-quality-as-long-as-the-contractor-has-a-Preston-postcode-nonsense…

By George Smith