Date set for multi-million pound refurbishment of Barrow Market

A date has been announced for a multi-million pound town center rejuvenation project.

Barrow Borough Council has published a tender notice to appoint a consultant to work on the project

The full scope of the contractor’s work would be to produce detailed designs and provide a package of site and work information prior to construction.

They would also be responsible for the downtown community center and “associated public realm improvements.”

And it says construction is expected to start in the spring of 2023, to “meet leveling fund schedules.”

A section of Barrow’s market hall is already due to be demolished ahead of redevelopment.

A building at the entrance to Portland Walk will be demolished in anticipation of market transformation works.

The market hall is set to undergo significant change after millions of pounds of funding was given to Barrow Council by the government.

The unused unit at 56 Portland Walk is to be demolished along with the covered walkway at the entrance to the market.

Funding of £16 million for market development and other city center projects was confirmed when the government announced its budget in October.

Work on the market hall would see the ground floor of the building regenerated to include improved stall areas, a food hall and a soft play area for children.

There should also be a new exterior look offering a common entrance with better access to the Forum and Market.

Better connectivity with the rest of the city through the improvement of transport infrastructure and the public realm must also be achieved.

The objective of the Leveling Fund is to regenerate the country’s city centers, to help cultural and heritage institutions and to develop transport projects.

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Sandy A. Greer