The finishing touches are currently being added to Chesterfield's Market Hall, which opens later this month after a £4 million redevelopment.
The new Market Hall, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, opens on Monday 28 October after the work, which has taken 12 months to complete.
The main retail hall has been transformed with a glazed atrium above first floor level providing natural light and the 1970s extension on New Square has been redesigned to be more in keeping with the original Market Hall whilst providing high quality offices at first floor level.
The majority of existing traders who were trading in the Market Hall were offered space in the new one and are currently fitting out their premises.
The new Market Hall will offer an improved shopping mix for the town centre with a wide variety of stalls including: perfume, mobile phone repairs, sweets, footwear, wools, butchery and seafood.
A new central café area is at the heart of the ground floor operated by Market Plaza Café, managed by mother and daughter team, Lynne and Shannon Benison.
Market Plaza Café is owned by SLIC Training. The company will offer opportunities for new apprentices to train on the job in the new café.
The new Market Hall will open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The butchers and café will open from 8am.
The shopping offer will be further improved as new external units prepare to open. Fred’s Haberdashery has expanded and will be moving to the bigger former Douglas Turner unit on 28 October. Further external pitches will be opening during December.
The upper storeys contain rented office accommodation for businesses.
The Assembly Rooms have been restored to their former glory. They will host the CAMRA beer festival, sponsored by G F Tomlinson, which takes place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November.
The Assembly Rooms, based right in the heart of Chesterfield, will also available to hire for parties, weddings, business meetings from December.
Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration said: “I am proud that at a time of cuts, when many councils have been forced to scale down their markets, we have been able to invest in the Market Hall and the traders who offer a wide range of choice to shoppers in Chesterfield.
“I’d like to thank the traders for their patience while the work has been carried out and I hope they are as excited as I am to see the jewel of the market place restored to its full glory.”
£2.1 million for the project was provided by the European Regional Development fund and Lottery grant with the remainder by Chesterfield Borough Council.
The work has been overseen by the council’s asset management partner estate management partner, Kier with G F Tomlinson as main contractor. Project management has been carried out by Mace with IBI Taylor Young as architects and Ramboll as engineers.
Source:Chesterfield Borough Council
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