Jubilation as Market Hall plans take step forward

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Preston Council is to appoint Conlon Construction to build the market. Traders Sam Livesey and Ellen Young from the market, Michael Conlon and Lorraine Norris and Coun Robert Boswell at the outdoor market

Photo Neil Cross Preston Council is to appoint Conlon Construction to build the market. Traders Sam Livesey and Ellen Young from the market, Michael Conlon and Lorraine Norris and Coun Robert Boswell at the outdoor market

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A major step forward in the regeneration of Preston has been taken following the appointment of Conlon Construction to build the city’s new market.

In yet another multi-million pound boost for the Preston economy, Conlon will start work on building the new market early in the New Year.

The move has been welcomed by councillors and market traders.

And they are delighted that a Preston-based firm will be carrying out the work.

Beating strong competition from a short-list of nine national and local firms, Bamber Bridge-based Conlon Construction was chosen due to the calibre and quality of its work and the excellent value of the tender.

Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “Markets Quarter is Preston City Council’s flagship project and we are delighted to appoint Conlon Construction to build the city’s new market.

“ Conlon Construction are not only great at what they do they truly care about the people they employ and work with.

“Conlon are a progressive company who pay the living wage and they have a deep commitment to Preston.

“Building the new market is a great way for Preston to start 2017 – a year which promises to be incredibly exciting.”

Coun Robert Boswell – cabinet member for environment added: “We made a cast iron commitment to invest in Preston Market and so we are thrilled that we are now going to build a new, unique and special market for Preston.

“By appointing Conlon Construction we are also keeping the Preston pound in Preston.

“This is exactly what the market is about – supporting local traders and buying quality local produce.”

Sam Livesey, chairman of the Preston Market Traders Association, said: “This is a huge moment for us as market traders. We’ve been waiting patiently over a number of years to get to this point but credit where credit due – it’s happening now. The new Market will be a fantastic attraction for Preston with great products, a great atmosphere and great prices! We can’t wait and want to move into the new market as soon as we can!”

The new Market Hall is the third phase of the £50m Markets Quarter development.