Second phase of Market Hall refurbishment kicks off
The second phase of the highly-anticipated Derby Market Hall refurbishment has begun, with a host of internal and external improvements in the pipeline.
The Victorian Market Hall on Tennant Street is set to become a retail and leisure destination, linking the Derbion shopping centre and St Peter’s Quarter to the Cathedral Quarter and the Becketwell regeneration scheme.
An integral part of this next phase is to develop the public space at Osnabruck Square, a key entrance to the Grade II listed building, as well as reinstating the north entrance.
The refurbishment is being led by Wates Group, which is working in collaboration with Derby City Council. The project team is made up of specialists operating within the region, including Lathams Architects, structural engineers Rodgers Leask, and M&E consultants Clancy.
John Carlin, regional director at Wates Construction, said: “The Market Hall will play a vital role in creating a thriving cultural heart in Derby and we’re pleased to support this project to restore and transform such a unique building. With the roof restoration completed, this next phase will begin to show substantial improvements to the interiors and strengthen the exteriors to ensure the building has a long life.
“This next phase will see further external work, including re-instating the two original northern entrances to the Market Hall, which will replace the current single entrance and allow a direct line of sight through the Guildhall colonnade. As well as making the building more inviting and accessible, this will also avoid any potential bottlenecks from increased footfall.
“Elsewhere on the building exterior, we will work to widen external escape doors, strip and renew the metal roof to its 1980s extension and replace the brickwork to the southern elevation arrangement with fully glazed window openings to create an active frontage with greater visibility.”
The Guildhall Yard will also be enhanced to resurface the existing tarmac and the entire courtyard will be re-paved following the demolition of the existing 1980s stair and lift tower.
Internal works will focus on the new flexible market hall space featuring free-standing mobile stalls to create an accessible space for events and activities such as food and music festivals. To accommodate a food and drink offer, the balcony will have a bottle bar and an emphasis will be placed on street food but with the flexibility to adapt to future trends.
Further work in this phase includes refurbishments made to the first-floor shops, new durable flooring, improved back-of-house storage, improvements to fire safety, and new WC facilities. A new, grand central staircase is also proposed to the north of the Market Hall, replacing an existing stairwell and removing any potential for anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Matthew Eyre, cabinet member for Community Development, Place and Tourism at Derby City Council, said: “Our aim is to turn the Market Hall into a key destination which incorporates the best of traditional and modern markets and that contributes to the vibrancy of the city centre while still celebrating the key features of the historic building.
“We’re excited to see this next phase come together and with the help of our project team, we’ll be able to reach our ambitious plans to transform one of the city’s most prominent buildings and increase the economic, social and cultural value of Derby.”
The designs also include sustainable focused upgrades such as on-site energy generation through solar thermal and PV panels, battery storage, combined heat and power, and disposal of food waste through anaerobic digestion.
Wates was appointed via SCAPE’s Major Works framework. The second phase of development is set to complete at the end of 2024.