Darlington Victorian Market Re-Development Update

First published: Friday 14 Aug 2020

Planning for the first phase of the redevelopment of Darlington’s Indoor Market to create a multifaceted entertainment, street food and shopping venue has been completed.

Market Asset Management (MAM), the market operator, has completed all of its pre-tender duties
and tender documents for the first phase of the project have been issued, covering the prospective
street food offer and entertainment zone.

The first phase includes the re-development and re-purposing of approximately one third of the
shop floor to provide a street food scene, bar and events stage, an enhanced entrance to West Row
and additional public toilets. There will be six street food vendors in purpose-built units and a large
communal seating area.

A number of elements that were initially earmarked for phase 2 of the project have now been
brought forward. The enlarged scope of works for phase 1 now includes a biomass heating system,
which will enhance the market’s ‘green footprint’.

Despite the changes to the programme, construction work on site is still planned to begin in January
2021. Traders who will be impacted by the first phase of the works have been informed of the proposals
and have been offered alternative trading opportunities with the market, with the exception of one
trader who expressed a desire to move on.

The second phase will involve a face-lift to the remaining shop floor of the market providing a more
exciting place to shop, a mezzanine level business centre and new public toilets and retail units to
West Row elevation.

The last phase will include the construction of a new temperate garden to the East Row elevation
and redevelopment of large sections of the market vaults into a bar and restaurant.

Raymond Linch, managing director of MAM, said: “We have been working hard since our
redevelopment proposals were first announced and we’ve issued tender documents for the first
phase.

“Although the first phase pre-letting campaign is still to commence, we have already received strong
expressions of interest for great food and beverage retail. We are on track for building work to begin on schedule in the New Year.”

Councillor Alan Marshall, cabinet member for economy at Darlington Borough Council, said: “We’re
pleased to hear of these latest developments, and we’ll be working closely with MAM in the coming
weeks and months as the preparations for building works progresses.

“This is a complex project and one that needs to be done correctly at every stage to ensure the best
facility possible for Darlington, its residents and visitors.”

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