Temperate Garden and Market Vaults

Temperate GardenThe Temperate Garden: A unique visitor attraction for Darlington

The Temperate Garden is a stunning new visitor attraction for Darlington reflecting the Victorian origins of the building. Sometimes known as ‘Winter Gardens’ these enclosed all-weather venues for exhibitions and social gatherings were made possible by newly-developed manufacturing techniques in wrought iron and glazing, combined with a Victorian zeal for plant collecting. The ambitions of Joseph Pease MP, donor of the Market Hall clock did not stretch to a Winter Garden but the double-height space underneath the Market Square canopy offers the opportunity.

The garden is planted with temperate and semi-tropical flora enclosed by double-height glazing. The sales floor opens onto its void behind folding glazed screens. At ground level the floorplan offers public seating space during the day served by catering uses in the Market Vaults. In the evening after the sales floor has closed the garden provides unique and exclusive seating for the Market Vaults.

The planting layout is adaptable – many of the planters are moveable to enable the floorspace to be reconfigured for different uses. Space can quickly be created for a stage or an exhibition and the glazed elevations onto Market Square slid open to provide an all-weather stage for outdoor festivals.. The Garden has direct access to public WC facilities at the same level and these can be made available for events on Market Square.

The Temperate Garden is a unique visitor attraction for Darlington. It is multi-functional and available for public and private use when other elements of the Market are closed. It reflects the historic origins of the building and enables greater utilisation of the asset.

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The Market Vaults:  A unique business opportunity in Darlington

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The ‘Market Vaults’ – the brick and wrought iron arched vaults beneath the sales floor – were originally intended for stock storage. Today they open into the Temperate Garden and are converted for use as catering and licensed premises. In the evenings the Vaults have exclusive use of the Temperate Garden as a unique all-weather dining venue.

The four arched vaults to either side of the central passageway have rear access and pre-installed services for kitchens, staff and public WCs. Each vault is supplied with 3-phase electricity supply and catering extract for kitchen use. A shared collection area is provided for servicing the seating areas and a unisex WC for disabled persons and baby changing and feeding room provided off the central passageway. The eight vaults can be amalgamated to create larger retail space if required.

Enquiries about this unique retail opportunity should be made to the management office.