Ellesmere Port Market consultation, CWAC, p CWAC

AHR Architects is designing the reimagining of Ellesmere Port Market. Credit: via CWAC

Plans tabled for £8.5m Ellesmere Port Market revamp

A multi-purpose events space and new colour scheme form part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s proposals to increase the building’s visibility, sustainability, and functionality.

AHR Architects was chosen in August to lead the redesign of Ellesmere Port Market, which will retain its use as a market hall and flea market.

Although the flea market will remain in use as such, recently tabled plans seek to modernise the space with plans to also accommodate events and coworking. A separate entrance would also be created, enabling the new event space to function independently from the market in the evenings.

Outside, a new colour scheme would be adopted based on the 1970s Vauxhall colour chart. This theme has been chosen as a result of the car company’s history with the town, having produced its first cars in Ellesmere Port in 1964.

In terms of sustainability, solar panels and low-energy lighting would be installed alongside replacement external cladding that provides increased insulation and improves energy efficiency.

It is intended that these improvements will support local traders and “future-proof” the facility for “many years to come”, according to a planning statement submitted by Avison Young.

The submission of plans follows a public consultation held last month on the proposals.

Cllr Nathan Pardoe, cabinet member for inclusive economy, regeneration, and digital transformation, said: “The improvements that the council are making will make the market even better, and the council has made sure that all the existing stalls can stay in the new market.

“From the comments received so far, it’s clear Ellesmere Port’s residents and market traders firmly believe that it should remain a traditional market”, he continued.

“The project team will make sure this happens in a future-proofed Ellesmere Port market that people can enjoy for years to come.”

The £8.5m market revamp is being funded mostly by the CWAC’s £13.4m award from the government’s Levelling Up Fund, with the council committing a further £1.4m to the scheme.

The wider £13m project also includes low-carbon town centre housing around Coronation Road as well as a new walking, wheeling, and cycling route.

G&T is providing project management services for the market scheme.

Want to learn more about the proposals? Search for application number 23/03910/FUL on CWAC’s planning portal.

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