Page 18 - MarketTimesDecember2017
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Traders upbeat as work starts on £5.6m upgrade of Doncaster market
By NICOLA GOULD
  TRADERS in Doncaster’s Wool Market are hoping for a brighter future after moving to new locations within the market to enable work to start to transform the Grade II listed building.
The redevelopment is going ahead thanks to £3.1 million of funding from the Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund, as part of the Enterprise Marketplace Scheme.
This is being supplemented by £2.5 million of match-funding from Doncaster Council which was already earmarked for market refurbishment projects.
Doncaster market is home to more than 300 traders and comprises the magnificent Corn Exchange, a Grade II star listed building, the adjoining impressive food hall, the fish market and the adjacent Goose Hill market for traders selling “miscellaneous” lines.
The Corn Exchange is currently undergoing a major roof refurbishment.
Doncaster’s existing wool market
There is also an outdoor market, a large, pedestrianised events area, beyond which stands the Wool Market. The Irish Middle Market is located beyond the wool market. Historically this was where Irish cattle were sold. In recent years it has begun to resemble a shanty town with many empty, dilapidated and closed stalls, and looks likely to close.
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  The transformation of the Wool Market represents the first phase of the market redevelopment.
It will involve a refurbished roof, an improved floor, new stalls and new glass to protect the market from the elements in the winter, but which can be opened up in warmer weather.
There will also be an events area and a kitchen demonstration area.
Coun Bill Mordue, the council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “While the new designs retain the heritage of the Wool Market, they are a complete transformation from what we currently have.
The Corn Exchange undergoing refurbishment
 “This inviting new space will allow traders to diversity their product ranges, as well as giving them the flexibility to open longer and into the evening.
“This will create an attractive proposition for customers, helping draw more people back into Doncaster market.”
He added: “We are working closely with the traders throughout this process and supporting them with this transition.”
Jayne Sanderson, the council’s market development officer, said 28 traders in the Wool Market were affected and they had each been consulted about where they wanted to move to in the main market building while the work was carried out.
The Irish Middle market
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