01895 639912 SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 AUGUST 3 - 16 No. 4932 New market for Bradford

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A image of what the new market in Bradford could look like.

The proposals to redevelop Bradford City Centre’s markets went before Bradford Council’s Executive on July 10 for formal approval, accompanied by an artist’s impression of what the new market could look like. It was recommended that

the Council progress plans to develop a ‘food focused’ market on the city’s Darley Street, while redeveloping Kirkgate Market as a separate, non-food market in the Kirkgate Centre. The image – created

by architects Greig and Stephenson – provides a first look at what the new food market could look like. The proposed design

shows a significant glass frontage to encourage an open feel to the market and provide better links between Darley Street and Piccadilly, with a canopy over part of Darley Street to allow for more outdoor markets and trading. The plans are part of a wider strategy to help support local trade and revitalise the area of the city centre from Darley Street to the ‘Top of Town’ area around Oastler Market. The new plans have been welcomed by market traders who were consulted on the proposal, with 78 percent of them stating that they were in favour of the Council’s plans. The area will form part of a ‘Top of Town Masterplan’ by

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the Council, which is in the early stages of development. The plan will provide a strategy to enable the creation of an attractive, resident friendly, healthy and sustainable environment in the city centre, with landscaped, traffic calmed street infrastructure, and high quality public realm and community spaces. A significant part of the Masterplan will be facilitated by the redevelopment of the existing Oastler Market site once the new markets are opened, which will form a 6.5 acre mixed-use residential-led development. The proposals in the report

will help to meet the challenge of the changing high street head-on in order to refresh the markets and create a modernised city centre offer. The current estimated total cost of the project is £21m. The proposals are the latest

investment the Council has made to improve markets across the district. This includes the successful £2.5m refurbishment of Keighley Market where essential and enhancement works were undertaken to provide a more attractive shopping facility. St James’s Wholesale Market was also transformed into an award-winning market with £1.2m capital investment. Greig and Stephenson,

the architecture firm brought on to lead the design of the project, has previously been involved in the redevelopment of markets in London, Leeds and Sheffield as well as markets across Europe and the Far East. The designers have already undertaken

feasibility studies and have prepared initial designs for the redevelopment of both city centre markets. Representative from Greig

& Stephenson, said: “Greig & Stephenson Architects are proud and excited to be working with Bradford City Council on the new proposals for relocating the market. “The project places the

market as a key anchor for the regeneration of the city centre almost back to Kirkgate where the origins of the market can be found.”

Consultations will continue

as the designs are being developed and the council will arrange various stakeholder events to get the views of trad- ers, shoppers and city centre businesses throughout the process, which will be incor- porated into the final designs. It is anticipated that

construction will commence in January 2020, with the Market opening its doors in Easter 2021. Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw,

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We hope the new image gives people a flavour of what the new market could look like. “Creating a new market at

the heart of Darley Street will be brilliant for Bradford. We have a great food offer in our district and our ambition is for it to be centre stage, in the heart of the city on a street associated with markets in Bradford for over a century. “We believe that we already

have a fantastic retail and shopping offer around the bottom of the town, including the Broadway Centre. The Master Plan, by revitalising the city centre at the top of the town, will ensure that the entire city centre provides a diverse, attractive and vibrant public environment for residents and visitors to enjoy. “The new market will truly be

for the people of Bradford and we want them to be involved in the journey. Consultation

will be a key factor of both the Markets project and overall Master Plan, and will ensure that the views of residents and businesses will help contribute to the legacy and look of the city centre. “City centres change

all the time; regeneration never stops. In this country our shopping habits have changed enormously and it’s important that Bradford city centre keeps pace with these changes.”

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