Open Market and Sustainability

The Open Market: Expansion on West Row

The Open Market continues to be staged each Saturday and Monday on West Row in front of the Market Hall. The two Markets work together to create footfall by comparison-shopping. The Open has been re-equipped with new stalls, electric lightning and small power which is supplied from the main building. It has been expanded to accommodate more stalls with more trading days and continues to host the award-winning Darlington Food Festival. Specialist events are staged throughout the year and our Christmas Market staged in conjunction with the November switch-on of the town centre lights is as popular as ever.

If you are interested in renting a stall on the Open Market please contact the management office.

Sustainability: The Green agenda

The Market actively promotes green policies in numerous ways. The Farmgate offer of ‘FFM’ – Fewer Food Miles promotes fresh, locally-grown product on a seasonal basis and offers an outlet for part-time and artisan producers. This is supported by collection lockers and a home delivery service to reduce unnecessary vehicle movements. The Market is well-served by public transport with the adjacent town centre terminus for Arriva buses. Daytime vehicle congestion is avoided by the dedicated delivery bay off Tubwell Row with the secure receiving lobby available for overnight deliveries.

The building is designed for low energy inputs and hence low costs in use. Operational management concentrates on reducing energy consumption with a new space heating system served by an environmentally-friendly Biomass boiler. This is supplemented by heat recovery systems recycling energy from extract and refrigeration plant and of course low energy lightfittings.

Biomass Boiler

The draught-reducing lobbies maintain pleasant conditions on the sales floor and in summer months unwanted solar gain is controlled by sunshades and ambient cooling with fan-assisted air changes. Energy inputs are offset by feed-in photovoltaic panels on the roof and water usage minimised by submetering at each stall. Shared facilities such as the WCs employ low consumption technology – dual-flush cisterns and spray taps with rainwater harvesting used for the irrigation system in the Temperate Garden. Grey water is reused when possible.

Product packaging and waste are minimised and recycled through the basement. Cardboard, paper, plastics and glass are separated in the basement depackaging area and baled for recycling. Green waste is separated and collected for composting.

Management is always looking for new ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Please share your ideas with us through the contact link.