Plans for how Preston Market is to look after a major revamp are to be submitted in Spring this year.Advertisement
As work starts on the Fish Market restoration the developers behind the main Indoor Market demolition and project have confirmed the timeline they are working to.
Mike Horner, from MUSE Developments, said: “We are very excited to see the Fish Market Canopy restoration works get underway.
“This represents the physical start on site for the whole Markets Quarter project that culminates with the new multi-screen cinema, restaurant and car park development.
“We are currently working towards the submission of a planning application for that development in the Spring.”
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Traders who used the Fish Market have been moved under the existing Covered Market while the work to the canopy is carried out.
Nearly £400,000 is being spent on the grade-II listed structure and the city council say they hope it will be restored to its former glory.
Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment, said: “We are very excited to see works begin on the multi-million pound Markets Quarter project starting with the restoration of the Fish Market canopy. This is the start of something great for the city centre. The linked phases of the Markets Quarter project are very much part of a package of new development that will lead to the transformation of this area. In turn this revitalised quarter will act as a key catalyst for the regeneration of the wider city centre.
“Whilst the works are underway Fish Market canopy traders will be accommodated under the larger 1875 market canopy where there is enough space for all outdoor and car boot traders. We thank all traders in advance for their understanding and cooperation.”
FPE Site Operations are in charge of the Fish Market work and have put up fencing around the area.
Roger Speakman, site director, said: “FPE Site Operations look forward to working on this historic grade II listed cast iron structure for Preston City Council. We aim to utilise our unique skills set attained over a long period of time working on listed structures around the country, to provide a refurbished structure that will last well into the future.”
Timeline for the markets development
Phase One – Fish Market restoration lasting four months from January
Phase Two – Restoration of the 1875 main Market canopy
Phase 3 – Building of the new indoor market hall under the restored 1875 market canopy
Phase 4 – Demolition of the current indoor Market Hall, car park and Lancastria House
Phase 5 – Building of a new restaurant and cinema complex
What do you think of the Fish Market work and wider Markets plan? Are you a trader? Do you shop there? Let us know in the comments below