Newmarket work to resume as new contractors appointed

Published: Tue 13 October, 2020

Work to build a new indoor market for Coalville will resume this month after new contractors were appointed to complete the project.

The North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) project to transform the former Litten Tree Pub into a brand-new indoor space for traditional market stalls and a modern food court is now expected to be completed by in early 2021.

Contractors, Crowngate, will begin working on Newmarket in Marlborough Square on Monday 19 October to finish the remaining 40 per cent of building works.

Earlier this year, Westone Housing Ltd were forced to pull out of the contract due to the pressures Covid-19 placed on the day-to-day operation of the business.

At the time work paused, NWLDC reaffirmed its commitment to have the work finished as soon as possible and after a two-month procurement process, is now pleased to confirm work will resume.

The current indoor market will stay open until the new one is ready to receive customers. Its trading days are Tuesday 8am to 2pm, and Friday and Saturday 8am to 4pm.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “It was disappointing for everyone when work paused in what has been a difficult year, but we’re thrilled to be able to now move forward again with Newmarket.

“Newmarket is a key part of our regeneration plans for Coalville and the modern and vibrant space this will create is a real positive for the town.

“When it’s ready to be opened, we will of course need to look at the Covid-19 situation and make sure we have the right measures in place to ensure a safe experience for shoppers and traders.

“Thank you for everyone’s patience during the delay – that includes both the traders and the public eagerly waiting for the Newmarket. We’re as keen as anyone to see the project completed and we can’t wait to see it open in the new year.

“In the meantime, I’d encourage everyone to continue to support the current market and the traders that have been there for our communities through this pandemic.”

Anyone who would like to apply for a stall at Newmarket can contact markets@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or call 01530 454598 for more information.

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