Preston Market Hall opening pushed back to 2018

Work at the market last month
Work at the market last month

The opening date for Preston’s new indoor market hall has been delayed.

The hall was due to open before Christmas this year. However, Preston Council says the new date of early 2018 was agreed after discusssions with traders.

While progress on the development work, led by Conlon Construction, is coming on well, traders due to move to the new area say they would prefer more time to get ready, with the busy Christmas period out of the way.

Peter Rankin, leader of the council, said: “We are really pleased with how the works are progressing on site. We have been working closely with the market traders throughout and we understand that they want the best opportunity to fit out their stalls to the highest possible standard. We appreciate a new year opening will enable traders to get everything just right for their new market stalls whilst focusing on their businesses over the busy Christmas period. We look forward to the opening of the Market Hall in early 2018 with great excitement.”

Sam Livesey, chairman of the Preston Market Traders’ Association, said: “We are all working to the same objective: to create a fantastic destination market that Preston can be proud of. The building is already looking great and my members want to make sure that their stalls are finished to a high standard to complete the picture. We think this would be best achieved by an early 2018 opening, hence our request to the council.”

The outdoor and second hand market traders will start to use the newly restored and repaved 1875 Canopy with new market stalls in November. This will free up the historic Fish Market canopy for works there.