Major revamp of Leicester Market starts this month

A year-long programme of works that will transform Leicester’s historic outdoor market gets underway this month.

The £1.86million scheme will include simple measures – a deep clean, a coat of paint and new LED lighting – as well as more significant changes that will have a big impact on the look and feel of the market.

Market traders have been consulted on the works, which are the latest phase of a major redevelopment project that has so far seen the construction of a new food hall, the demolition of the old 1970s indoor market and the creation of a new public square – all within the last five years.

As part of the new scheme, a section of the market roof that currently wraps around the side of the Corn Exchange will be removed and stalls in the area will be relocated, opening up views of the Grade II listed building and the new market square.

All of the market’s stalls will be replaced, new LED spotlights will be installed, and a deep clean will brighten up the space.

Attractive wooden canopy edging around the perimeter will give the market a fresh new look, while helping to protect shoppers and traders from the wind and rain.

And the layout of the market will be reconfigured, creating better routes through the site for shoppers and making it easier for traders to showcase their goods.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This latest phase of our market redevelopment programme will transform the overall look and feel of the outdoor market, bringing it up to the standards that today’s traders, shoppers and visitors expect.”

“New stalls and a better layout will attract new traders to the market, while maintaining the character – and the hustle and bustle – that makes the market unique.”