Work to revamp Doncaster market has taken another step forward, as the council sets to draw down £3million of Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF) to start the detailed planning work.
The £3million is in addition to the £2.1m capital investment already committed by the council.
The initial plans for the market area include consolidating the current Irish Middle Market into the existing market hall building and using this space to extend the popular car park site to attract more visitors. This will open up clearer sight lines to the wonderful Grade II listed Wool Market building. By doing this the building will be able to offer food, entertainment and a much improved trading venue that can be used any day of the week, in any weather and also into the evenings.
Doncaster’s award winning market has always been the jewel in the crown of the town centre. To ensure that the right changes are made to the market area, markets experts Quarterbridge have been brought in to provide advice on what improvements can and should be made to ensure that what the market offers is fit for future consumer needs.
Quarterbridge are the UKs leading market experts and have transformed markets in Brixton, Blackburn, Bolton, Bury and Birmingham to list just a few. They will also be providing advice and support to traders through the initial change period and will support on the construction phase of the market development.
Over the coming months Quarterbridge and the council will be meeting with individual traders to provide support and advice on how they can enhance their business offer. The council will also be listening to traders to see what they require from their future market area.
Mayor Ros Jones, said: “We have a wonderful market in Doncaster and one that we are very proud of. We are ambitious for Doncaster and the markets and we want to make them the best in the country. To achieve this we need help from the experts. We need to see things change for the better and this is what Quarterbridge bring.
“They are the experts in this field and have a proven track record in transforming markets across the country. They have been doing it for many years and Raymond Linch, its Managing Director designed and built the wonderful fish market 25 years ago.
“We have a long term vision for the future of the market and we know with Quarterbridge’s advice we can see that vision come to fruition. The expertise we receive from Quarterbridge can and will be applied to other areas across the borough.”
Raymond Linch, Managing Director of Quarterbridge, said: “I am delighted to be back in Doncaster after all these years and despite a challenging trading environment, the town-centre’s market estate continues to provide the good folk of Doncaster with a significant retail offer. Our intention is to re-model the market itself and change mind sets so that Doncaster Market can be truly considered as one of the most important retailers in town, with an irresistible food retail and catering (street food) offer.”