Preston progresses markets revamp

Preston City Council has granted planning permission and listed building consent for the construction of a new indoor market hall, to be built under the large market canopy currently being restored in the city centre.

Situated under part of the larger historic covered market, the market hall’s design and use of glass and timber walling will maintain views of the canopy roof structure whilst creating an accessible and adaptable indoor space for the new stalls and cafes.

The approved plans include provision for a box market under the recently restored Fish Market canopy. The box market will be constructed from upgraded painted containers fitted out with doors, windows and electricity.

Construction of the new indoor market is scheduled to start in early 2017 once the restoration project is complete. Preston-based architecture firm, Frank Whittle Partnership, is overseeing the project.

The opening of the new Market Hall will enable the current indoor market to be redeveloped, making way for a cinema, restaurants and multi-storey car park which is being brought forward by Muse Developments.

Cllr Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and community, said: “This wonderful design for our new market hall is a credit to the architects. It strikes absolutely the right note creating a modern, innovative structure that will enhance the use of the stunning historic market canopy. The building will provide a great setting for the new indoor market both for our market traders to trade from and for the people of Preston to shop, eat and spend some time in.

“Together with the on-going refurbishment of the market canopies and the upgrading of the outdoor market, our market plans are really taking shape. This is great news for Preston and brings us another step closer to realising the vision for the Markets Quarter.”

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