The message: invest in fresh food markets
The Fresh Produce Journal reports that work has begun on the new 79,000 sq ft purpose-built Moor Market, due to open in late 2013. The project, led by the Sheffield City Council and Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust (SWIPPT), has an estimated total cost of £18 million.
Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This marks a very exciting new chapter in the 800-year history of markets in Sheffield. Our market has one of the highest concentrations of small businesses in the city and the new hall underlines our commitment to helping them succeed.”
Note that in Sheffield the ‘landmark’, designed by Leslie Jones Architects, will be comparable with Europe’s best market buildings, using sustainable materials and energy sources, with low-energy cooling systems and efficient recycling, ensuring that the project will maintain a lasting low-carbon footprint.
The new Moor Market is the only purpose-built new market under construction in Britain, and is seen as a significant sign of confidence in the city centre.
A sign of confidence for Birmingham’s markets as well?
This development refers to an indoor retail market but does prompt hopes that investment in Birmingham’s wholesale market will be placed on the council’s agenda.
Coming soon: a Holyoak design for the redevelopment of Birmingham’s wholesale market.