Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Lottery Grant Set To Transform Covered Market Hall

[Council press release]

Covered Market
This photo from 10+ years ago
shows how old some of the
'temporary' repairs are
Photo by Vernon.Hyde.
Stockport Council has been awarded a grant of £999,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help transform the town’s historic Covered Market Hall.

The money will be used to fund the regeneration project which includes the following:
  • Upgraded internal layout to improve circulation and stall visibility.
  • Some two-sided trading units, opening to the inside and outside.
  • Replacement of some low level boarding with glass to make the building more inviting and to reveal the businesses to passers-by.
  • Changes to the floor surface to make it smoother and easier to clean.
  • Improved access for wheelchair users.
  • Background heating and control of ventilation, which will make the hall more comfortable for traders and customers.
  • New food and cafĂ© units which will comply with the latest hygiene regulations.
  • A flexible area without permanent stalls to allow use for events, particularly in the evening. Most of the time this area would be occupied by demountable stalls.
  • An interpretation area to explain the history and significance of the building.

A market trader has pointed that this press release has been quoted on the BBC site, click here. (See comment below.)