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The market stall of the future unveiled at Preston Market

Posted on - 26th October, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Not sure Pete Burns will want to trade while standing ON the new stalls!

Not sure Pete Burns will want to trade while standing ON the new stalls!

Here’s what traders at the new look Preston Market might be trading on in future.

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Design students were challenged to come up with a prototype stall for the traders at the Outdoor Market.

Three different size units slot together and can be arranged in different combinations.

Wheels located at one end of each of the stalls allow it to be lifted and wheeled into position.

They can be stacked one under the other and locked enabling the market area to be cleared for other uses outside of trading times.

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Professor Charles Quick of In Certain Places and architect John Bridge of Frank Whittle Partnership came up the final design – and it’s been made by local joiners Smith Joinery who used ply and soft wood with nyol wheels.

Outdoor Market Trader Pete Burns said: “I enjoyed being part of the design charrette back in January and able to contribute to the design with my 25 years’ experience and knowledge trading on Preston Market. I am looking forward to trialling the new stall and hopefully using it regularly.”

One of the students, Aaron Flanagan, gets up close and personal with the new stalls

One of the students, Aaron Flanagan, gets up close and personal with the new stalls

The design charette was a workshop where market traders worked with students from the University of Central Lancashire on their ideas.

Charles Quick said: “Real life design challenges can present fantastic opportunities. The excitement being you just never know what may become of them. The design of a new outdoor market stall for traders is one of those challenges that has come to fruition. We are excited to see the outcome of the trial period and, if successful, seeing this stalls used throughout the Outdoor Market.”

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The Markets area of the city is seeing a £40m revamp with the current Indoor Markt demolished to make way for a cinema and restaurant complex, while the Outdoor Market is being refurbished.

Leader of Preston City Council councillor Peter Rankin said: “It’s brilliant that UCLan and market traders have been able to collaborate on this project. Hopefully the trialling of the prototype will be successful and I look forward to hearing the feedback from all involved.”

What do you think of the new market stalls? Let us know in the comments below

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