If you’ve seen the scaffolding going up in the centre of town before Christmas, you may have guessed that work is now underway on our exciting plans to revamp and re-imagine Darlington’s Market Hall.
The project, a partnership with Darlington Borough Council, will see not only improvements to the outside of the Market Hall but also the creation of bold new indoor spaces, including a ‘Temperate Garden’ visitor attraction and all the modern facilities that enable stallholders and small businesses to flourish.
The distinctive Victorian Market Hall building was originally completed in 1864. Its role has evolved over the years and additions and changes have been made along the way, many of these unsympathetic to the original design. These exciting improvements will be more in keeping with the original design and modern business needs to ensure that Darlington’s Market is a source of renewed civic pride, business prosperity and a pleasure for visitors to enjoy.
In addition to repairs and redecoration of the historic structure, the first phase of development will create an exciting new street food, seating and entertainment area in the Market Hall, offering international food options and opening into the evening with family-friendly entertainment.
The Market Hall will offer sales outlets for independent retailers, fresh food stalls, local growers and artisan producers – reducing the distance from farm to plate – while the refurbished ‘Market Vaults’ will provide restaurant facilities spilling out into the Temperate Garden, providing all-weather dining and entertainment facilities opening onto the Market Square.
As well as improved customer facilities, new WCs and a seating area to encourage footfall, other practical improvements are also being introduced to help stallholders. These include kitchen facilities in the Market Vaults, purpose-designed food production rooms in the basement and internal service stairs for easier access.
Come down to the market hall, support our traders and see what we are up to. The market is open throughout the works, please bear with us – the end-result will be more than worth it!
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