Calderdale Council is on the hunt for a consultancy for a major overhaul of the Grade II*-listed Halifax Borough Market
The winner of the £120,000 contract will complete a feasibility study for an ambitious upgrade of the historic Victorian covered market which hosts more than 120 businesses.
The project aims to deliver a long-term strategic vision for the complex’s operation and management along with a new funding model and a phased restoration of its decaying fabric. Opportunities to increase market income and promote a ‘distinctive and vibrant’ surrounding town centre will also explored.
According to the brief: ‘Halifax Borough Market is an extraordinarily complex project of many layers. So often projects contain one or two key challenges, but this project has them in abundance. Historic, technical, economic, design, stakeholder, physical, political, programming, traffic, trading are just some, within the overarching need to securing the funds to ensure the ongoing viability and sustainability of the Borough Market.
‘Equally important though is the fact that within each of these challenges lies great opportunity. This will help to physically regenerate Halifax Borough Market, ensuring a vibrant and sustainable market over the longer term and the creation of a high quality solution, where people want to visit, work and do business.’
Located in the centre of the historic West Yorkshire town, the market complex features a dramatic octagonal-shaped Victorian atrium at its core designed by John & Joseph Leeming.
Alongside the main market hall – the 1896 landmark building also includes several outdoor retail units, a manager’s office, a series of disused residences known as the ‘Streets in the Sky’, and other supporting facilities.
The latest project aims to deliver a sustainable future for the buildings which currently generate around £500,000 of profit a year but are in need of restoration works estimated to cost up to £10 million.
The feasibility study will draw up a series of options for the complex and identify key stakeholders for consultation. Proposals to safeguard the economic role of the markets, contribute to wider town centre regeneration, to increase footfall and achieve operational efficiencies will also be required.
The deadline for applications is 8 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Tel: +44 1422393182