Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Demolition Begins

Demolition begins to make way for the redeveloped Darley Street Market
by Emily Spencer   – darley street  |  development

A socially distanced event to celebrate the official commencement of the demolition of the former Marks and Spencer, and Woolworths buildings on Darley Street, took place on Thursday 17th June. Bradford Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw was in attendance, to play a part in the demolition process, in preparation for the development of the new Darley Street Market.

With the formal announcement of Kier as partner in April, the demolition preparation began and has now reached a crucial stage in the development of the new market, which sees the relocation of Oastler and Kirkgate markets to the site on Darley Street in a central location between Broadway Centre & Kirkgate Centre. Darley Street Market has been designed to reinvigorate Bradford city centre, offering three floors of non-food, fresh food and hot food and drink, as well as day and evening entertainment.

With confirmed timelines now in place, demolition and site clearance is due to be completed by February 2022, and the construction of the new market will begin thereafter, starting to transform the shape and character of Bradford City centre.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, who took part in the event, controlling one of the high reach excavators used in the demolition process, commented: “It was exciting to be involved in this formative moment in the development of the new market, helping to clear the disused and run-down buildings. With construction now in full swing we can begin to envisage the regeneration of the area and how it will positively impact Bradford, helping it become a key destination in the city centre.

Cllr Ross-Shaw continued: “As we start to see restrictions lift, we feel positive that the markets’ redevelopment will both support existing and new traders and improve public spaces for the whole city to enjoy.”

Darley Street Market will trade into the evening, with the hot food offer following an independent, street food style concept, with informal, communal seating allowing customers to linger and experience the theatre of the markets. In addition, a new market square will be able to host ad hoc commercial, leisure & community events throughout the year.

“We are delighted to have reached this milestone and commenced the demolition works which marks the commencement of Darley Street Markets project. There is a significant moment for us at Kier, but more importantly for the Bradford community.”

- Dan Doherty, regional director from Kier

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