Accrington market hall's £2m revamp unveiled

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Coun Peter Britcliffe and Coun Marlene Haworth officially open the refurbished Accrington Market Hall

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Coun Peter Britcliffe and Coun Marlene Haworth officially open the refurbished Accrington Market Hall

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

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.

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9:40am Sun 27 Jun 10

Lovelancs says...

Well impressed!!
Well impressed!! Lovelancs
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10:25am Sun 27 Jun 10

stanhillstan says...

I hope the market hall is a success its something we can be proud of. But for me building a massive tesco 5 mins walk away hinders it massively. How can the traders compete..? Britcliffe talks about history n tradition and then opens the door to another multi conglomerate that wants to own the world double standards me thinks. And yes i will be supportin the local market as i do with my local shops in ossy so that at least my money stays in the community and not in some big pot on planet tesco..........
I hope the market hall is a success its something we can be proud of. But for me building a massive tesco 5 mins walk away hinders it massively. How can the traders compete..? Britcliffe talks about history n tradition and then opens the door to another multi conglomerate that wants to own the world double standards me thinks. And yes i will be supportin the local market as i do with my local shops in ossy so that at least my money stays in the community and not in some big pot on planet tesco.......... stanhillstan
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1:54pm Sun 27 Jun 10

bobzilla says...

I think the council should stop spending money willing nilly on things it does not need.

This 2 million, could go to help pay the government deficit of, or even help those in need of it.

But then again, councils and governments always give into the fat cats, and leave the bill to the poor.
I think the council should stop spending money willing nilly on things it does not need. This 2 million, could go to help pay the government deficit of, or even help those in need of it. But then again, councils and governments always give into the fat cats, and leave the bill to the poor. bobzilla
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