Chad readers are being given a sneak peek of how Sutton’s transformed indoor Market Hall will look after a major revamp.
Ashfield District Council has unveiled architects’ visualisations of the shopping entrance central seating area and the butchers section.
The Indoor Market Hall is to undergo a revamp which will reshape its layout and improve the choice of products available to shoppers.
The architects’ designs have already been well received with the market traders, who have been working with design consultants to reshape its layout and increase the choice of products available to shoppers.
Plans for the refurbishment are on track to start in early 2017 with the new market hall staying open for business throughout the project.
Ashfield District Council, deputy leader councillor Don Davis, said: “These are really exciting times and we will be supporting our traders throughout the works.
“Ensuring that the market hall remains open during the refurbishment is our number one priority and I’m delighted that the plan for the development works allow for trading to continue throughout the scheme.
“We are sharing these images of how the market will look will enable the public see the exciting changes and improvements which are going to be happening in the New Year.”
Simon Powell, Partner at BEDesign, the architects the council is working with on the Sutton Market Renovation scheme, said: “The refurbishment of Idlewells market will bring a new lease of life to the area and has current traders excited at the prospect of a refreshing, modern environment to trade in.
“The feeling of natural light and open space will unlock the markets potential and entice new retailers and shoppers into the market.”
The Sutton Indoor Market improvements form part of the Council’s programme for regenerating town centres across the district. The planned work is based on an evidence base gathered from detailed consultation with traders and shoppers.
Plans are also underway to recruit a market retail manager to establish a more commercial and enterprising approach to the District’s markets and town centres
At a cabinet meeting on October 13 councillors agreed a post of retail specialist who would be able to contribute positively to future plans and the overall review of the service, making sure it delivers good value for money and a best in class offer for traders and shoppers.
The Markets Retail Manager post would focus on creating and developing commercial opportunities for both indoor and outdoor markets to maximise income and improve the district’s retail offer. This post would help plans to reinvigorate and refresh Ashfield’s town centre experience, providing vibrant town centres that offer a real variety of goods and services.