Technical support from Eurocell has contributed to the £3.85 million redevelopment of Sneinton Market that planners believe will transform it into the Nottingham’s own Covent Garden. Since it bought the Sneinton Market site in November 2013, Nottingham City Council has been working to improve this important part of the city’s heritage and move forward its plans to reinvigorate the site as a focal point for Nottingham’s emerging creative sector.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We have been working to see Sneinton Market regenerated and brought back into full use for some time. I am pleased to see this work now getting underway to make sure our long held vision for this important site in our city centre can now be realised.”
Wates was appointed as main contractor to refurbish three of the five ‘avenues’ at Sneinton Market, funded through a £2.44m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant and a further £1.45m from the City Council. And Wates selected Derbyshire Floorcraft to refurbish the 8 x 80m long lean-to roofs that are an integral part of the market’s particular appearance.
The company turned to Eurocell to provide the expertise that enabled them to use modern materials while mimicking the market’s original design. Design and technical staff from Eurocell identified the conservatory roof components that were required and worked out the detailing that would enable them to meet the design brief.
“Eurocell provided outstanding service,” says Darren Scarborough of Derbyshire Floorcraft. “It modified one of its conservatory roof products and produced it in a bespoke colour, anthracite, so it was in keeping with the heritage nature of the site and sent its architect and design team to site to make sure it all fitted properly. The result is a design that matches the original Victorian design but delivers a 21st century performance.”
The redevelopment of Sneinton Market forms part of a broader programme of regeneration activity to Build a Better Nottingham, which includes work to improve the public realm in the Creative Quarter, more than £750m worth of investment in transport infrastructure across Nottingham and the biggest council home building programme in the city in 40 years with more than 400 new council homes being built across the city.
The units on the site will be refurbished into workshops and studios for use by creative enterprises – helping to establish a vibrant creative business community and revitalise Sneinton Market as a visitor destination.