Market hall work set to start

Impression of the new interior for Chesterfield Market Hall
Impression of the new interior for Chesterfield Market Hall

Long-awaited work to revamp Chesterfield’s market hall is set to start – after the council appointed a new construction partner.

Chesterfield Borough Council announced this week that G F Tomlinson will be undertaking the controversial refurbishment of the town’s iconic building.

Work on the £3.6m redevelopment was planned for February, but was initially delayed due to tendering issues.

It will now begin in September.

Council leader John Burrows said: “It was unfortunate that we had to re-tender the contract, as it has delayed the scheme, but it has saved nearly £1.4m, so there’s no question that it was the right decision.

“We are delighted that we can finally give the go ahead for this much needed refurbishment.”

Cllr Burrows said the original planned design, which divided opinion among residents and traders, still remained in place.

The scheme includes a new glazed atrium roof, suspended balcony and gallery area overlooking mobile pod trader units with a central cafe and seating area.

Access is set to be improved, the assembly rooms refurbished and offices created.

Work is set to be completed by next September.

Existing stall holders will be relocated to a temporary market hall on New Square.

Stuart Lawrence, managing director of Derby-based G F Tomlinson said: “The market hall is one of Chesterfield’s most famous buildings so it’s a fantastic project for us to be involved in.”