The food focused market will acknowledge the heritage and history of Darley Street as a historic market street whilst meeting the needs of the modern consumer in a market building that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century. The market aims to offer the best of local and regional fresh food and be recognised as a centre for food retailing excellence and a key shopper destination in Bradford City Centre.
The Building is designed to be as transparent as possible in contrast to much of Bradford’s historic building stock to differentiate the public nature of the market architecture and to emphasise the links between Piccadilly and Darley Street.
Opening the new building up to celebrate the fine buildings in Piccadilly will encourage the regeneration of Piccadilly and further strengthen links between the Broadway Shopping Centre and the markets.
The design of the building is conceived of as a contemporary version of a Market Hall trading on three levels.
This design that is being developed uses the slope of Darley Street and Piccadilly to allow level access at the southern and northern end of the site and to allow customer access at two levels off ‘grade’.
The idea is to create three separate floors each with their own special identity and environment.
The Lower Ground Floor can be accessed at the southerly point of Darley Street and will focus on dry foods within a coffered or vaulted structure which is intended to be warm and intimate. The focused display of ‘dry’ goods and services by artificial controlled lighting will promote this area of the market into its own unique space.
The Upper Ground Floor accessed off the northerly point of Darley Street will house the main fresh food stalls.
The First Floor will be home to a world food court where customers will be able to eat great food located around communal seating areas whilst enjoying the market atmosphere
The market stalls will be housed under the roof canopy that will be filled with natural light, colour and people.