Work to begin on new cold-busting canopy at Preston Markets

The new walkway canopy at Preston Markets is to be installed next week - to help cut the cold in the winter months.

Friday, 24th July 2020, 3:45 pm
A model of how the canopy should look

It comes after Preston Council agreed to invest in improvements, following concerns from traders that the market hall was too chilly and putting customers off coming in in winter.

The canopy has been made off-site and will be installed outside of normal market trading hours, to minimise disruption to stallholders during the 10 weeks it will take.

The canopy will sit above the internal walkways between the stalls and has clear panels, in order to maintain the visual appearance of the underside of the original 1875 canopy.

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A canopy prototype from last year

Coun Robert Boswell, Cabinet Member for Environment at Preston City Council said: “This great news is the final step for the improvements to the Market Hall. The time scales work towards completion during the Autumnal months and in place for the busy festive period.

“Preston Markets is full of excellent products and has remained open for the people of Preston during these tough few months.

“We need Prestonians to continue to support these local businesses and continue to Shop Local.”

Sam Livesey, chairman of the Traders Association at Preston Markets said: “This installation programme is welcomed by all the traders at Preston Markets.

“The plan means the canopy is in place before the colder months and there will be minimal disruption to our trade and customers.”

Work starts next Monday August 3rd.