The end of next month marks an exciting and historic moment in the history of Warrington Market when it moves from its current home into its temporary home next door.
The current market hall with the pyramid roof has housed the market for 43 years and its demolition will start soon after the market moves when work commences in earnest on the main build of the scheme; the cinema, restaurants, new council offices and the new permanent market hall.
Having been privileged enough to see inside the temporary market hall it is very exciting to see it taking shape as contractors Styles & Wood build and fit out the building. There is understandable excitement too amongst the market traders with whom we are working closely. The market fit out is to a high specification and the look and feel of the market will have a more modern look whilst maintaining its traditional feel.
The building will house the market for two years whilst the new, permanent market hall is being built opposite. The permanent hall, when open in 2019, will incorporate the beautiful, Grade II listed Boots building façade on Bridge Street and will be a square building accessible from all sides. Some of the stall units currently being built in the temporary market have been designed to move with the traders and be relocated into the eventual permanent market home.
The contractor for the next stage build of the Time Square scheme has been appointed and we’ll be announcing who they are later this month. In autumn the 1160 space multi-storey car park will open. It is looking almost complete now with most of its façade in place. I think that it gives a taster as to the dynamic and quality look of the entire project.
Warrington Market is very much still open for business. The traders have a few weeks prior to the move when they will be joined by other new businesses eager to join the Warrington Market success story and I would encourage you to continue to support and shop in the market during the transition.
The market move will take place on August Bank Holiday coinciding with the Medieval Market celebrations which reflect the ancient heritage and tradition of Warrington and its market which has been key to the economy of Warrington over the last 750 years. Exciting times.