17:34 Monday 23 December 2013

Work well under way at Burton's Market Hall

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

AS the year draws to a close, those behind the revamp of Burton’s Market Hall are pleased with the progress of the year-long project.

Work is well under way within the historic building, and construction staff have now hit phase three, due to continue well into the new year.

Refurbishment is now the driver of the building work, and these pictures show some of the developments which have been taking place.

Work is also being done to modernise the building.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council, which owns the Market Hall, said: “The design carefully blends the historical architectural elements of this iconic building with modern state-of-the-art design and finishes.”

Work is being carried out by Croft Building and Conservation Ltd.

Under the new plans, the Market Hall will become a hub for a variety of businesses, with restaurants and cafes, hot food takeaway and leisure space, as well as traditional shops and stalls.

The aim is to bring more people into the town.

Councillor Liz Staples, deputy leader for corporate services at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “The completed work will create a fabulous retailing, catering and entertainment venue for Burton’s town centre, due to open in spring 2014.

“Pre-letting has started with considerable interest being shown, resulting in agreements being documented.”

This refurbishment stage of the ambitious project is due to be completed by April next year, and work will then take place to fit out the space for those who lease the area.

Despite Councillor Staples’ assertion, the authority has confirmed that just one person has signed ‘heads of terms’, while discussions are in ‘an advanced stage’ with four more.

When the building was closed in July, and stallholders were moved out to other venues, not one of the businesses based there had agreed to return.

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