City Centre Markets Redevelopment Proposals

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The Markets Service has now completed the initial consultation with all tenants on the Council’s proposals for its city centre markets and the options to create a food focused market in the former M&S building on Darley Street and a non-food market in a modernised and redeveloped Kirkgate Market. We would like to thank all tenants that contributed by completing the survey as we have achieved a great response with 120 out of 127 tenants participating in the survey, which is a 94% return rate

The survey required tenants to answer four key questions which included your views on creating a food focused market in the former M&S building on Darley Street, your views on an enhanced non-food offer in Kirkgate and if you agreed with the Council’s plans for market redevelopment.

The results of the initial consultation show a broad support on the Council’s proposals for its city centre markets. There are some concerns raised by traders which are understandable and we expect that as we develop our proposals from initial concept to detailed design stage then we will be able to resolve many of these concerns.

Referring to tenant concerns regarding timescales then we can inform you that the Council has now advertised, by way of a competitive procurement exercise, for the appointment of an experienced multi-disciplinary team of a project manager, architect, structural and civil engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer and quantity surveyor.

The Council is looking for firms or teams who can demonstrate experience in the design and construction of complex building refurbishment projects and have retail experience, preferably including the design and phased refurbishment/development of retail markets.

The appointment of the design team will be made at the end of July and they will be required to produce initial designs and costs estimates by the end of November this year in order that we can proceed as quickly as practical to the detailed design stages.

Following the appointment of the design team, we would like to arrange trader workshops to help with the design process of both markets. We are keen to have a core of around 20 traders in total, each trader could then attend either one or all of the design meetings, which will take place in the early evening after the markets have closed.  If you wish to volunteer, please complete the tear off slip on your paper copy and hand it to the Market Superintendent or email

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