Markets revamp to begin with iconic canopy facelift

Preston's old Fish Market
Preston's old Fish Market
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Work to revitalise Preston’s historic Markets Quarter will get underway next month with a facelift for one of the city’s two landmark canopies.

Contractors will begin the restoration of the 91-year-old Fish Market in the New Year - the first phase of a multi-million pound revamp.

Work on the ornate Georgian structure is expected to take more than four months, with the older and bigger covered market canopy next door, built in 1875, getting a similar spruce up in the summer.

After that a new indoor market hall is to be built, with a cinema development earmarked for the site of the current one which is scheduled for demolition after just four decades.

“The Fish Market canopy is a wonderful structure dating from mid-1920s and it’s very much a Preston landmark,” said council leader Coun Peter Rankin. “There will be some disruption to trading whilst the works are underway, but there is enough space in the markets area to accommodate all outdoor and car boot traders. We are all very excited to see the Fish Market canopy brought back to its former glory.”

Stockport-based FPE Site Operations have been appointed to do the work. Investigations by specialist metal workers took place in the summer on the Grade II Listed structure.

The firm’s operations director Roger Speakman added: “We aim to utilise our unique skills set, attained over a long period of time working on listed structures around the country, to provide a refurbished structure that will last well into the future. This will further embed the Fish Market into the city’s fabric.”

The council has assured traders that the outdoor market and car boot and flea market will still run during the restoration work.