A £1.4m redesign and refurbishment of the town centre market is to commence on Monday, to create a modern dining and events space.
Completion of the project, designed by Warrington-based studio DV8 Designs, is scheduled to complete early next year and the new-look Southport Market will open in the spring, according to Sefton Council.
Once a busy trading hall, the marketplace on King Street is currently underused with rows of unused units. Under the plans, approved this summer as part of Sefton’s 50-year vision to regenerate Southport, the market will be renovated to create a modern food and drinks space with space for up to 10 food traders, along with a flexible events and market area.
The market will also include units for fresh produce stalls, including the popular Blackhurst Butchers, which has been trading in the market for more than 20 years and will be moving into a newly designed unit.
The project is expected to serve as a catalyst for the regeneration of Southport and the surrounding area and boost the local economy.
Sefton secured £500,000 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to help finance the scheme, and Southport’s £900,000 of Town Deal acceleration funding is covering the rest.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Work on this exciting project has finally started, which is fantastic, as we know just how much of an important asset Southport Market is to the town.
“This project is a cornerstone of the Southport Town Deal, but we’ve also managed to secure additional external funding to completely transform the building, which shows real commitment from Sefton Council.
“Already a number of new food and drink traders have signed up to be a part of the new Southport Market, creating new job opportunities and business start-ups, and demonstrating a real confidence in the scheme.”
Another proposal to revitalise the Merseyside coastal town was unveiled this week – the £40m Southport Cove, a 250-metre beach and surf resort with hotel accommodation, restaurants and a spa.
Sefton Council said on Monday it had struck a deal with Go Surf for the UK-based surf pool developer to operate the scheme.