The new walkway canopies in Preston Markets are complete.
The canopies have been designed to retain heat within the Market Hall after traders threatened to strike if action wasn’t taken to address the cold temperatures in the building.
Made of steel frames filled with clear panels, the canopies sit above the internal walkways between the stalls while still showing off the underside of the original 1875 canopy.
The canopies were manufactured off-site, and have been installed outside of opening hours to minimise disruption.
Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet Member for Environment at Preston City Council said: “I am delighted the walkway canopies are now installed and already making a noticeable difference to the climate in the Market Hall. It is great the completion of the improvements are in place ahead of the busy festive period at Preston Markets.
“Preston Markets is full of excellent products and has remained open for the people of Preston during these tough few months. We need Prestonians to continue to support these local businesses and continue to Shop Local.”
Sam Livesey, Chairman of the Traders Association at Preston Markets said: “The completed walkway canopies are welcomed by all the traders at Preston Markets.
“Since the completion of the installation things are looking promising for the temperature and I am interested to see the difference as we approach the colder months.
“The new canopies sit well under the original structure and during the installation there was minimal, if any, disruption to our trade which we are very grateful for. I would again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Preston Markets over the past few months and look forward to a busy festive period.”
David Palmer, Managing Director of DP Structures said: “It was an interesting project to design and manufacture the glass clear membrane to help retain the heat in the Market Hall.
“I was glad we were able to complete the Preston Markets canopy project on schedule without any disruption to the traders in the Market Hall. With the installation complete, you can already notice the improved climate when entering the building.
“The new walkway canopies look great and complement the existing 1875 canopy.”
Additional lighting will be installed within the Market Hall in the coming weeks.
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