ACCRINGTON’S revamped market hall was officially unveiled yesterday following a £2million makeover.
The refurbished market, complete with a new ground floor, stalls and balcony units was formally ‘handed back’ to Hyndburn Borough Council by contractors.
A ceremonial plaque was unveiled with festivities including a swing band to mark the occasion.
The historic building, which first opened in 1869 and cost £19,000 to build, was applauded at the time as being a ‘living treasure of art’.
Its interior now has an up-to-date smart new look.
On the ground floor some of the market stalls have been refurbished whilst older ones have been replaced with modern purpose-built units, aimed at blending with the traditional character of the Grade II listed building.
A new flexible use events and seating area has also been created and the original 1869 stone flooring flags exposed, repaired and brought back to their former glory.
Leader of the Council Coun Peter Britcliffe, said: “This really is a great day.
“I’ve always said the Market Hall has a Queen Anne front and Mary Anne insides, so it’s absolutely wonderful that the interior at long last now matches the impressive exterior.
"The Market Hall really is a wonderful asset for the whole of the borough and a legacy for future generations.”
Visitors were also treated to the sight of the new imposing central staircase to galleries, once used as reading rooms, which have been transformed into shops which will house a variety of small retail and other businesses as part of the ‘No Limits’ programme.
Hyndburn Enterprise Trust will also move in from Accrington’s Globe Centre and will continue to provide a range of business support services for new and established traders including book keeping, mentoring, and marketing right at the heart of the town.
There is also a new mezzanine floor with a café, exhibition area and new toilets which are suitable for disabled visitors.