Markets and Library Redevelopment

The Outdoor Market and the Drummond Street entrance is now closed.

The indoor market is open as usual during the redevelopment works and can be accessed via the following entrances:

  • Main entrance (next to Halifax Bank)
  • Howard Street
  • Eastwood Lane
Artists impression of the Food Hall
Artists impression of the library

The redevelopment of the markets and the addition of the new library are key projects in the Town Centre Masterplan.

Major improvement plans are currently underway at the markets which will include; a modern and accessible central library, a new community hub, extensive public realm and improved links to the town centre and college.

The renovations will build upon the existing mix of shops and services with the addition of a new food hub and dining area on the first floor. This will provide a key link from the indoor market to the outdoor market, potentially allowing opening hours to extend into the evening.

The outdoor market will become a flexible space which can be used for exhibitions and events when required. The markets will be connected to the town centre by a new terraced public area, opening up the frontage to Eastwood Lane and Drummond Street.

The second floor will incorporate contemporary office spaces for charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.

The library will become a new cultural, leisure and learning destination and will include:

  • Feature book walls and shelving
  • Free Wi-Fi and free access to computers
  • A family friendly café
  • Events, exhibition, performance and meeting spaces
  • Maker space facilities
  • A Business and Intellectual Property Centre to support business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to start, run and grow their business
  • Relaxing and calming sensory spaces

The fully accessible library building which will occupy the corner between Henry Street and Drummond Street, will include areas to network or relax in comfort. There will also be a high-quality children’s area with fun spaces for reading and storytelling, and a dedicated IT area and business development facility. The second floor will contain meeting facilities and a Maker Space for learning and exploring using the latest technology.

The redevelopment has begun with the demolition of the RAIN Building and the former Charter Arms pub on Eastwood Lane completed. Enabling works are underway and the Outdoor Covered Market has relocated to Effingham Street while the works are taking place.

For further details or if you have any queries about the Markets and Library redevelopment, please email