Work on the initial feasibility study and designs for both markets commenced in September 2017, and completed in January 2018.
The designs and costs were presented to the Council’s Executive on 10th July 2018, who gave their approval to the £21 million project and to progress plans to develop a ‘food focused’ market on Darley Street, while redeveloping Kirkgate Market as a separate, non-food market in the Kirkgate Centre.
The artist’s impression created by our architects, Greig and Stephenson provides a first look at what the new food market could look like. The proposed design shows a significant glass frontage to encourage an open feel to the market and provide better links between Darley Street and Piccadilly, with a canopy over part of Darley Street to allow for outdoor markets and trading.
This project will provide modern market facilities and help to meet the challenge of the changing high street. The plans are part of a wider strategy to help support local trade and revitalise the area of the city centre from Darley Street to the ‘Top of Town’ area around Oastler Market. The area will form part of a ‘Top of Town Masterplan’ by the Council, which is in the early stages of development. The plan will provide a strategy to enable the creation of an attractive, resident friendly, healthy and sustainable environment in the city centre, with landscaped, traffic calmed street infrastructure, and high quality public realm and community spaces.
As the designs are being developed throughout the rest of this year and into early 2019, the Council will arrange various stakeholder events to obtain the views of traders, shoppers and city centre businesses which can be incorporated into the final designs.
It is anticipated that construction will commence in January 2020, with the Market opening its doors in Easter 2021.