Work is to begin this week on Bradford’s transformational new multi-million pound markets scheme.
Bradford Council’s contractors will move onto the Darley Street site this Monday to begin the strip out of the buildings in readiness for their demolition next year making way for the construction of the new market.
Colourful hoardings heralding the scheme will be erected around the former Marks and Spencer building as the demolition preparations begin.
The authority’s new scheme features a spacious modern market with dedicated underground servicing areas and a dynamic new public space for open air events and outdoors stalls.
The new market will offer high quality food and non-food items giving people the opportunity to discover unusual or specialist items, whilst shopping for daily fresh food or enjoying a meal or light snack.
The new market will feature a floor dedicated to non-food sales, one selling for fresh food and a food hall offering hot food and drinks.
The Council believes the new development will act as a regeneration catalyst, adding to the Bradford’s draw as a shopping and leisure destination and attracting thousands of people into the city.
The stunning new building and square will be designed to increase the profile of Piccadilly which boasts a number of high quality Victorian buildings.
The Council is currently conducting research giving people and opportunity to have their say on the name of the new market.
Nearly 1000 responses have been received and the consultation ends 14 November which allows plenty to time for people to participate.
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This is a major step in realising this significant transformational project.
“The markets will help redefine Darley Street and the city centre, and showcase the fantastic Victorian buildings on Piccadilly by making them a lot more visible.”