Council bosses in York have appointed an architect to develop the city’s historic Newgate Market.
Last year, after consultation with shoppers and traders, £1.5m was secured from the council’s Economic Infrastructure Fund to develop the city centre market.
Yesterday it was announced Bauman Lyons Architects have been commissioned to develop detailed plans for the market’s refurbishment.
Coun Sonja Crisp, York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “York’s market has operated for many hundreds of years and is part of the city centre’s commercial success.
“The architect’s brief is to reinvigorate the market as a platform for enterprise and opportunity as well as a destination market.
“A new, updated market will enhance the overall attractiveness and competitiveness of central York.
“The aim is for local and visiting shoppers to use the market more frequently, stay longer in the city centre and spend more, and to create extra jobs.”
It will continue to provide a trading space for existing traders but it is hoped the plans will attract help it attract new businesses. In addition to trying out prototype stalls which allow more flexible trading opportunities in the heart of the city, further and full consultation will take place on the designs ahead of the refurbishment next year. The refurbishment should be completed in time for St Nicholas Fayre next year.
Irena Bauman, of Bauman Lyons Architects, said yesterday: “We are proud to be offered the opportunity to work with the market traders and the council officers and hope jointly to develop exciting and robust proposals that will add value to the current retail offer and to the animation of the city centre.”