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Works starts on Group Ginger's Scarborough Market revamp

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Construction has started on the transformation of Scarborough’s Grade II-listed Market Hall into a ‘retail theatre’ for independent small business and new start-ups 

Designed by emerging Leeds-based practice Group Ginger, ’the key regeneration project for the coastal town’ will adapt and reconfigure the existing 1853 building and includes a new flexible events space.

The scheme, which has a construction cost of £2million and is backed by Scarborough Borough Council, is described as a ’contemporary interpretation of Victorian and 1930s arcade architecture’.

The overhaul is set to complete in December this year.

Group Ginger's proposed overhaul of Scarborough Market Hall

Group Ginger’s proposed overhaul of Scarborough Market Hall

Existing Stalls

Architect’s view - Group Ginger’s Simon Baker 

’The £2.7 million investment in Scarborough Market is indicative of a trend emerging in the North of England, with public bodies increasingly choosing to invest in supporting independent retail businesses. We see more and more developers investing in creating an element of theatre in the retail and leisure experience, in a drive to combat the lure of online shopping.

Markets are ready-made ‘retail theatres’ and there remains a great deal of affection for markets amongst the general public which town and city centres - not only Scarborough but also Leeds, Bradford, Barnsley and elsewhere - are well placed to capitalise on by investing in their assets.

With a listed building as our starting point, our role was to adapt and reconfigure the spaces, to make them relevant for the future. It was important to us, in approaching the project, that we didn’t alienate anyone – long-standing traders, customers or new start-ups - and our design puts traders and customers centre-stage, to help foster that sense of community that people love about market halls.’

Project data

Location: Scarborough Market Hall
Type of project: Regeneration
Client: Scarborough Borough Council
Architect: Group Ginger
Planning consultant: Group Ginger
Structural engineer: Alan Wood and Partners
M&E consultant: Preston Barber
Quantity surveyor: ESH Construction
Planning supervisor: ESH Construction
Lighting consultant: Preston Barber
Main contractor: ESH Construction
Funding: LEP Scarborough Borough Council to confirm
Tender date: two stage tender

  • Stage one; technical design including an amended planning application and revised Listed Building Application, August 2015
  • Stage two; Construction, April 2016

Start on site date: 9 May 2006
Completion date: 23 December 2016
Contract duration: Eight months
Gross internal floor area: Existing/Proposed Ground Floor : GIA 1472m²;  proposed mezzanine level; GIA 510m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design and Build
Total cost construction value excluding fees: £2,000,000

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