option would require additional funds of around £1.5m, bringing the total to approximately £3.5m. Jonathan Owen, Director of MAM (Darlington Ltd) said: “For the past year, much of our work has been behind the scenes. We are now ready to take things to a different level and unveil to local people our ambitious plans for this wonderful building. “We are working with Darlington

A digital impression of how the revamped market could look (Image: Market Asset Management Ltd)

PLANS for a £2m redevelopment to turn a Victorian indoor market into a Covent Garden-style destination have been unveiled. Views are now being sought on

plans that could see the historic Darlington Indoor Market restored to its former glory and transformed into a modern retail and leisure destination. Concept drawings showing

the potential improvement and development of the Covered Market are being shown to residents, traders and businesses so they can have their say on the future of this iconic building. Since taking over the management

of the Market in 2017, Market Asset Management (Darlington) Ltd have undertaken extensive surveying and enablement works and are now putting forward two options to fulfil their mission to revitalise the historic market. Option one would see MAM

(Darlington) Ltd invest £2m for improvement work including essential engineering and maintenance, relocating and reopening public toilet facilities, internal improvements to stall design and layout, new lighting and flooring and the creation of new retail space to incorporate a specialist ‘Market Republic’ selling fresh food, local

produce and quality retail items from local suppliers. Small Offices would also be created on the upper mezzanine floor to encourage new businesses. Option Two would include all of

the investment described in the first option as well as a full-length winter garden feature facing out onto the market square. The winter garden would incorporate floor to ceiling heritage glazing to create a new expanded indoor area for retail, leisure and community events. This scheme would see the

covered market become a more integral part of the Market Square, linking it to outdoor events. This

Borough Council to deliver improvements to the market whilst remaining sensitive to the history and heritage of the building. Over time, shoppers will see improved lighting, better facilities and a new approach to market shopping.” Hayden Ferriby, business development director at MAM, told local media that the building would be open later so workers in the town centre could shop or eat there after work, and MAM would operate an area selling goods from the other market stalls if the traders did not want to stay late. “The market needs to go back to

what it used to be – a social hub,” he said. Ian Williams, Darlington Borough

Council’s director for economic growth and neighbourhood services said: “These are really exciting proposals and we are keen to hear from residents which option they prefer.

“Option One will see welcome

and much needed improvements, whilst Option Two will see the covered market transformed into a centrepiece asset in our regeneration plans for the town centre – a wow factor for the town that will draw people in from far and wide.

NEWS 19 “The second option will require

more investment and we want to ask residents what they think about both options. “Do they want improvements

to the market, or do they want to see more radical changes that will future-proof it for generations to come whilst still retaining what is unique and special about the building and the covered market as a shopping and leisure concept?” “I want as many people to get

involved as possible. Public opinion will help inform the council’s decision whether to opt for the extra investment or not.” Chris McEwan, deputy leader

of Darlington Council, added: “Our town centre, like many town centres, faces challenges. We have seen a fall in footfall. “We have been working hard

with MAM and others to bring forward plans to help make our market and our town centre, that we all love, more sustainable and to revitalise it. “The jewel in the crown is the covered market and I feel very excited to look at these plans.” Display boards detailing both

options are now in place in the Market Hall along with boxes where people can post their opinions, and the public can also express their views via an online survey. This is not a formal consultation

on MAM’s plan, but is intended to illustrate the concepts being considered and to gauge general opinion prior to any next step. As the scheme progresses,

MAM will submit a formal planning application that will be part of the normal planning process.

Calling all Traders!

Winterland MK 2019 at the National Bowl 22nd Nov 2019 - 5th Jan 2020

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