The new build indoor food market was created on an existing previously developed inner city site. In addition to the new market, existing offices were refurbished and converted for the market's management team, retail premises were converted into a storage facility and a new lock-up facility was built for market traders.
This £7m regeneration project was procured through the national Scape Asset Management, Surveying and Design Services Framework, with the team providing lead design services including project management, quantity surveying, CDM-C and building surveying services.
The judging panel were extremely impressed by the building commenting that it was "of uncompromising modern design that is nevertheless in scale and harmony with its important historic surroundings". They were also "impressed by the clear way in which the building works, by the careful thought that had been given to its function and with the high level of consultation with market traders that had clearly contributed to its success".
The Great British Market Awards are a national competition involving more than 80 other towns and cities. The Leicester food market scooped the award for Britain’s Best Food Market with judges being "very impressed with the new food hall and the way it had been designed and the way it has become the heart of the city centre". They also commented how the market "creates an intimate atmosphere and has colour and character". The award, which is considered to be the most coveted of all the Great British Market Awards, was given to the Food Hall after being open for just over six months.
The project team are now working on the next phase of this multi-phase regeneration project which will comprise demolition of the now redundant Market Centre building, creation of a new south-facing public square and the extension of the city’s historic Corn Exchange. Leicester City Council are seeking potential high end restaurant and / or function suite operators to occupy the upper floor and the extension.
Richard Payton, senior project manager at Faithful+Gould commented, "Our team were delighted to be commissioned on such a high profile project for the City of Leicester, and we are overjoyed that our contribution to this successful project has been recognised through these awards".
Paul Doherty, head of operations - Midlands at Faithful+Gould added, "This success further cements our relationship with Leicester City Council, one of our largest clients in the Midlands. Feedback from the client, the public and the market traders has been really positive – our team have worked really hard to make the project a resounding success".