APRIL 13 - 26, 2018 No. 4924 70p Food hall designs revealed

A construction company has revealed detailed designs for its proposed £3.5m redevelopment of a market in Greater Manchester. The McGoff Group has

plans to turn Urmston market into a contemporary food hall, which is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The designs by architect

Street Design Partnership outline the firm’s plans for the site, centred on a new- build food market, which include indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, private dining, a mezzanine level with additional seating, free WiFi, and space for pop-up stalls and events. The market, dubbed

Market 41, will be operated by WMC Retail Partners, working alongside Northern Restaurant & Bar Show chief executive Thom Hetherington. London-based WMC is an experienced market operator which owns two markets in Wellington and Morley and operates a number of other markets around the country. The company has expertise in working with developers on all aspects of market management, retail development and ‘placemaking’. Originally appointed to undertake a feasibility study

for the proposed market hall, WMC was subsequently taken on to develop a full business plan for the project and coordinate all aspects of the development including lettings, layout and legal agreements. At the time of its appointment, Sales and Marketing Manager at WMC, Esther Worboys, told local media: “We are really excited to be working with The McGoff Group on this innovative new concept for Urmston and will draw on the experience of operating our own markets and implementing similar projects for others across the UK to deliver a fantastic new market hall that will further invigorate Urmston town centre and offer a great new leisure experience for locals.” CEO of the Northern

Re s t a u r a n t a n d Ba r exhibition, and consultant and commentator for the Northern food and drink scene, Thom Hetherington, will also form a key part of the team. Close to developments in

the restaurant and retail food and drink industry across the North of England, Thom has a wealth of knowledge, strong insight into consumer tastes and trends and the kind of contacts that it is hoped will help get the

A digital image giving an impression of how Urmston’s new food market will look

project off to good start. He commented: “Urmston

is already a great place to live with bags of potential. “Combining well known

high street names with an ever growing and popular blend of independents, it’s a place that’s definitely on the up and the perfect location for this new market hall, which

promises to provide an extra dynamic to the flourishing food and drink offering in the town. “I look forward to

contributing to the concept and design of the building and blend of food and drink operators focusing on local artisan traders to create a real point of difference.” Outline planning consent

Lighting up the town

Landmark buildings in a Lancashire town centre will be lit up at night as part of a £2m scheme to create a new public square. Accrington’s Town Hall and

Market Hall will have colourful LED lights projected onto them at night to improve the appearance and safety of the area. The counci l has also revealed that a specially commissioned film will be projected onto the Market Hall at the grand opening of the

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town’s new commemorative square in November. Work has been taking place

over the last few months to transform the area, and new street furniture and sculptures will shortly be installed commemorating the Accrington Pals and the history of the borough. Council leader Miles

Parkinson told local media: “It’s all about the visual impact on our two grand buildings which are historic within the town centre. “We look around other

major cities and towns across the country and it’s very popular to light up public buildings. “They enhance the

environment and also make the area safer and show the buildings off in the night time for people to see. “We want to make the

public realm stand out more and make them want to use that space in the evening.” Cllr Parkinson added that

the lighting would probably be on a timer and be switched off from around midnight, “because most places are shut by that time and people aren’t around in great quantities.” The grand opening of the

public square will take place on November 10 – the day before Armistice Day – and will coincide with a weekend of celebrations and festivities.

has already been confirmed, and bosses at McGoff are hopeful that Trafford Council will have made a decision on the detailed planning application by this June. The site was acquired by

the McGoff Group in August 2017, and the company is currently building three five- bedroom houses alongside the market. Work on the food hall is due to start in August this year (subject to planning) with a proposed opening date of early 2019. Chris McGoff, director at

the McGoff Group, told local media: “Anticipation is already mounting in Urmston for the new food market hall, with lots of interest from locals in terms of timings and enquiries from potential operators, which is great to see so early on. “We want M41 to reflect Urmston’s vibrancy and increasing desirability as a great place to live, work and play, and have worked closely

with the local community to establish their views and understand their feedback regarding the concept , building design and product offering.”

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