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 New canopy to take the chill
out of Preston Market
 A NEW canopy is being installed at Preston’s flagship refurbished market hall following complaints that the eye-catching design left traders and customers shivering in the colder months.
The new-look market hall, which was the centrepiece of a £4 million redevelopment, opened its doors to the public in February last year.
The bold design hinged on blending the unique Victorian Grade II listed framework with a glass and steel structure.
But soon traders and customers were complaining about the chilly atmosphere which was created by a design incorporating a gap between the top of the glass walls and the original Victorian canopy.
By the summer of 2019, traders were asking for their rents to be halved because of concerns about the temperature, the lack of parking available, vacant stalls and nearby building work.
The council agreed a 30 per cent rent reduction from April 1 to March 31, 2022 and now a new walkway canopy is being installed, with work due to be completed by mid-November.
The new canopy has been manufactured off- site and it is being installed outside the market’s trading hours to minimise disruption.
Fabricated from steel frames, infilled with clear panels, the structure will sit above the market hall’s walkways between stalls, with the aim of improving the environment throughout the year and making it more comfortable for customers and traders.
Much loved Durham
market shoe business
falls victim to crisis
A POPULAR family shoe business on Durham indoor market that has been serving customers for more than 50 years has closed. The pandemic was the final straw, according to the family.
In a message on their website the family said: “After 50 plus years of trading in the market, we have after much heartache and great sadness decided to close the business.
“The ongoing pandemic caused by the coronavirus has been devastating, along with the migration of retail trade and easy free car parking to the out of town malls has made it increasingly difficult to carry on trading.”
The family thanked their customers, whom they said had become friends over the years.
The project was led by architect, design and planning practice Frank Whittle partnership, along with designer and manufacturer DP Structures.
Dave Palmer, director of DP Structures, said: “The canopy design aims to retain the heat in the market hall, while still being able to see the underside of the beautiful Victorian canopy.”
Sam Livesey, chairman of the Traders Association at Preston Markets, said: “This installation programme is welcomed by all the traders. The plan means the canopy is in place before the colder months and there will be
minimal disruption to our trade and customers.” Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment at Preston City Council, said: “This great news is the final step for the improvements
to the market hall.
“The time scales work towards completion
during the autumnal months and in place for the busy festive period.”
He added: “Preston market is full of excellent products and has remained open during these tough few months. We need Prestonians to continue to support these local businesses and continue to shop local.”
  New NABMA President installed at virtual conference
 DERBY City councillor Mick Barker has taken over as President of the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
He succeeds Coun Geraldine Carter, of Calderdale Council.
The handover took place at the end of a three-hour virtual conference, which was sponsored by Groupe Geraud.
The conference, held to replace the “real” event which would have taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon, was a novel experience for all concerned.
A highlight was a debate on Markets post COVID-19, with a panel of Joe Harrison (NMTF), Allan Hartwell (Market Place), Peter Entwistle (Bolton Markets) and Dan O’Sullivan (Hackney Markets).
Coun Barker (left) with NABMA CEO  David Preston, pictured at an NMTF conference

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