Derby unveil £11m vision for Market Hall

Derby City Council has released images of an £11.2m regeneration programme that will transform Derby’s Grade II Listed Victorian Market Hall.

The Grade II listed building, which has been trading since 1866, will be the subject of a two-stage project to create a flexible, retail and cultural destination that will contribute to the improvement of the city centre.

The council say plans have been developed following the results of national surveys which suggest that the future success of the traditional retail market is dependent upon providing users with a more diverse offer by introducing elements of speciality retailing.

Phase one of the project started in March last year with a £6m roof restoration. The second phase focuses on an internal and external reconfiguration, which will transform the look and feel of the Market Hall and is planned for completion in Summer 2023.

When completed, the Market Hall will be home to a diverse range of retailers, with an emphasis on food and drink. The ground floor will include a food court and flexible events space. The food court will trade throughout the day and will form part of Derby’s growing night time economy.

The remaining ground floor space will be available for traditional and periodic changing market offers of fresh food and dry goods.

John Carlin, regional managing director, Wates Construction Midlands, said: ‘Throughout this project, the shared focus has been on maintaining the historic charm of the Market Hall, while ensuring the renovation will suit the needs of the modern businesses and community of Derby it serves. It is a privilege to be working with Derby City Council to ensure this iconic building is secured for current and future generations to enjoy.’

Linda Aston, a long term market trader, added: ‘We are open as usual throughout the work.  Our strong bond with our loyal customers means well for a successful future.  We are happy to be involved in the re-design of the hall for the people of Derby.’

The project is part of the City Centre Masterplan, which aims to create 4,000 jobs, lever £3.5bn of investment and create 1900 new homes by 2030.


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