Preliminary Works Start on Market Scheme

June 20, 2013

Fencing is going up at Leicester Market today (23 May) as enabling works get under way ahead of the construction of the market’s new food hall.

The start of work on site follows last week’s decision to approve plans for the new food hall next to the Corn Exchange – and to grant permission, in principle, to demolish the 1970s market hall that’s no longer fit for purpose.

Heras fencing will be put up around the Market Corner area to allow the construction team to carry out preliminary works, such as removing bollards and excavating small trial holes.

“Our brief is to minimise disruption to members of the public and businesses in the area during the construction phase,” said project manager Gavin Colton of Kier Construction Central, the contractors appointed by the city council to deliver the scheme.

“We’d like to invite anyone with a query or concern to get in touch with us at our regional office on 0115 986 8856.”

To ensure that construction vehicles can access the site easily and safely, temporary parking and loading restrictions on Market Place North will take effect from next week.

Waiting, loading and unloading will be prohibited on both sides of Market Place North, adjacent to Market Corner, from Tuesday (28 May).

Construction work on the new food hall will get under way in July, with the building scheduled for completion in December 2013. The building will open to the public in January 2014.