Great Yarmouth Borough Council is on the hunt for a design team for a major overhaul of its historic market place
The multidisciplinary team chosen for the commission will draw up two alternative visions – one valued at £2 million and another at £4 million – to regenerate and enhance the ancient covered and open market place which dates to the eleventh century.
The project will deliver an upgraded weatherproof venue featuring 36 indoor food and retail stalls, traders welfare facilities, a market office, lighting and signage along with improved outdoor trading areas and entertainment spaces. Founded in 1008, Great Yarmouth market is divided into an indoor six days-a-week venue and larger outdoor trading area used only two days-a-week.
According to the brief: ‘Great Yarmouth Borough Council is looking to commission a multi-disciplinary team of consultants headed by a design lead, to carry out services in connection with the redevelopment of the six-day and two day markets in Great Yarmouth.
‘The successful team of consultants must, inter alia: creatively assess the potential of the site and be fully conversant with the risks and opportunities arising from each feasibility, concept and developed design; consult and have dialogue with stakeholders, including the market traders, throughout all design processes and work stages; work productively with planners and other council officers and statutory authorities throughout the design processes and work stages.’
Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort 30 km east of Norwich on the Norfolk coast at the mouth of the River Yare. Great Yarmouth Market Place is located in the centre of the historic town and has hosted outdoor trading since the eleventh century.
During the fourteenth century a large area in the south of the market place was paved over around a market cross. Today this area hosts the 6 days-a-week market while the surrounding space is used as a car park and for a larger outdoor market held only two days-a-week market.
In October, Great Yarmouth Borough Council began recruiting a masterplanner to explore a range of regeneration options for the town’s’ Middlegate Estate.
The latest project aims to deliver a new public space which is ‘unique to, and fitting for’ Great Yarmouth while also being buildable, affordable, sustainable, safe, secure, and easy to maintain. Provision for outdoor stalls and consultation with local stakeholders will also be required.
The deadline for applications is 30 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Great Yarmouth Borough Council