Music and events are in the plan. Credit: NCC

Newcastle nods through Grainger Market revamp

A listed building consent has been granted for a series of interventions at the grade one-listed covered city centre market.

In a project designed by FaulknerBrowns, the applicant – the city council – put forward plans to bring the market up to modern standards.

The project secured £8.2m in Levelling Up Fund support in March.

Plans as set out include the installation of two pavilions, at Nun Street and Nelson Street; reflooring, lighting of alleyways; the installation of glazed sliding doors to all 14 entrances; digital displays; M&E work and work on toilets, signage and restoring original mosaic flooring.

The new pavilions will host a range of events both in the day time and evening.

Completed in 1835, the market was built to replace the former Butchers Market, which was demolished as part of the work to lay out Grey Street.

In pursuing LUF backing, Newcastle City Council said that the vision is “to create a space for cultural activities in the market and grow its audience, whilst also providing a good quality, affordable location for independent local traders and retaining the existing loyal customer base.

“Central to achieving this vision are plans to significantly upgrade the Arcade to compliment the bright and roomy environment created by the restored barrelled glass roof and bringing more flexibility to the market by creating an exciting new event space and extending opening hours.”

Details of the consent can be viewed on Newcastle’s planning portal with the reference 2024/0509/01/LBC.

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