Grand Re-Opening Of Scarborough's Market Hall
6:03am 21st April 2017
(Updated 4:11pm 21st April 2017)
The new look Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults has been formally unveiled to the public this lunchtime by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Simon Green, following the completion of a major £2.8m refurbishment project.
The transformation, which has taken just under a year to complete, has created a fresh and modern 21st Century retail space for businesses, shoppers and the local community, which has successfully retained the charm and character of the traditional market in the impressive, grade II listed historic building
Thanks to a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund, the facility has had a complete makeover with brand new units installed on the Market Hall floor and the addition of a new mezzanine level above to create new shops, offices and a food court that gives customers stunning views of Scarborough Castle.
Project design has been carried out by Group Ginger architects and the build by ESH Construction, both of Leeds. The Market Hall and Vaults (on the lower ground floor) remained open for business during the entire project and are now trading Monday to Saturday from 8am until 5pm, including bank holidays.
In a bid to firmly cement the market’s place as a thriving community hub as well as a great place to shop, Scarborough Borough Council is working with local partners to develop a musical and cultural programme with events running throughout the year.
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David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council Regeneration Manager said:
“We are absolutely delighted that the ambitious programme of transformation we set out to achieve has been realised. It has resulted in an impressive retail destination with high specification units for businesses, a lovely environment for customers and a diverse, welcoming space to bring the whole community together. It also marks the start of the regeneration of that part of the town centre, which we hope to see continue and play an active part in throughout the coming years.
“I’d like to thank the existing businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout the refurbishment and extend a warm welcome to the new businesses joining us at the start of this exciting new chapter. We look forward to working with them all to ensure that Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults grows from strength to strength.”