Sneinton Market’s renovations are due to begin in two weeks after the site was officially handed over by the city council to Wates Construction.
Just under £4 million will be spent on area which is steeped in history having been home to fruit and vegetable markets as far back as the 1930’s.
The European Regional Development Fund has granted the project £2.44 million of the total, with the rest coming from a further £1.45 million from the city council.
And Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive Office of the Creative Quarter Company, is hopeful that people won’t be afraid to come back to the area following the refurbishment.
“Sneinton Market is one of the key sites in the Creative Quarter and this renovation is all about setting up and supporting businesses, allowing them to grow in Nottingham,” McArdle said.
“There have always been markets at this venue and it is an ancient heritage market which we hope will be revived when the work is done.”
Companies that were already housed in the market have moved to the nearby Gedling Street and other streets close by whilst the work is complete.
One BC clothing shop is one of them and co owner Reeta Brack is excited for what the future holds at Sneinton Market.
“We have been based here for ten years now but in the past three years the place has become more and more neglected,” Brack said.
With the refurbishment due to be completed in December 2015, the Creative Quarter and businesses will be relishing the time when Sneinton Market is thriving again.
“We hope it will be a thriving business place for the community”
“I am really looking forward to what the future brings”