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Designs for new Coalville indoor market to be drawn up by local architect

Published: Thu 30 May, 2019

Graphics Showing the Concept for Newmarket Have Been Installed at the Former Litten Tree Pub – the New Home of the Market in Coalville

Work to create a new indoor market on Marlborough Square in Coalville is continuing, with the appointment of an architects firm to bring together detailed designs for the scheme.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has appointed Loughborough-based Darnton B3, who will work with initial concepts to create a modern market with space for a variety of stalls and food outlets.

Newmarket, 7-8 Marlborough Square will open in early 2020, with new traders joining existing market stall owners who will move from the current market hall. Coalville Market will stay open at its current site until the new market opens its doors.Newmarket as it looks in the 1920s credit Coalville Heritage Society

Design work is expected to take place over the coming weeks, with work on the market starting in October and due to complete in early 2020.

Concept imagery has been installed on the windows at the new market site, showing market stalls and ‘street food’ style vendors. Businesses are encouraged to register their interest with the council if they would like to trade in Newmarket when it opens in early 2020.

The name – Newmarket – refers to the historic name for the square, which was used as a market during the initial development of the town and was called ‘New Market’ up to the late 1890s before it was changed to Marlborough Square.

Steve Duckworth, Chair of Coalville Heritage Society said: “The New Market was both the public and live stock market until the market relocated to the Red House, Market Street and Mantle Lane area in the 1890s. There were important buildings around the New Market such as the Public Hall (today part of the Emporium) and major hardware business Coleman and Sons which was on the site of the Lloyds Bank. We don’t currently know why the old market place became known as ‘Marlborough Square’ and we’d be very interested to hear from anyone who does know why.”

As part of its work with NWLDC to bring heritage to the streets, the Coalville Heritage Society has provided several historic images of the square through the ages which are on display in the windows of the new market for the duration of the building work.

Newmarket forms part of NWLDC’s plans to regenerate Coalville, and a wider scheme to transform Marlborough Square, creating an outdoor market and events space to complement the new indoor market. Indoor Market and Regenerated Marlborough Square Artist Impression (Roof Not Shown)

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “The move from its current location to the centre of town will be excellent for the market, and we’re pleased to have a large number of traders already taking up spaces in the new venue.

“Our architects will now take the concept for a fresh, modern and attractive market and draw up detailed designs that will be used to create the ambitious space we want for the town.

“New and existing market stalls will mix with interesting food vendors to create a real destination within the heart of the town centre.”

Michael Cooper, Senior Associate Architect at DarntonB3 Architecture, said: “We are very pleased to be appointed to assist NWLDC in developing the scheme, which will benefit Coalville, in bringing the old Litten Tree public house building back into use and forming a key part of the Marlborough Square development that will follow.”

For more information on the Newmarket project and other regeneration projects in Coalville, visit

Anyone who has information about the naming of Marlborough Square can contact the Coalville Heritage Society at

Image credit - thank you to Coalville Heritage Society for supplying the image of Newmarket from the 1920s

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