Blackburn Market Hall

Quarterbridge was appointed by Blackburn Council to prepare costed feasibility studies to relocate Blackburn indoor market in response to deterioration of the 1970’s building. One option was to relocate into a new structural shell offered as part of an extension to Blackburn Shopping Centre whose owners were keen to attract another footfall generator.

Blackburn Inside

£8.5million fit-out of structural shell and 60,000 sq ft food anchor for shopping centre

Quarterbridge prepared a specification, design and equipment brief for Architects Capita Symonds which covered all the H&V, M&E, stallage and equipment requirements. OJEU and single-point sourcing were used to meet design and quality standards and the display equipment modified to meet the demanding requirements of a market environment.

275,000 footfall/week with 6-day opening

Stallholders were relocated in a single move into a contemporary design. The layout of Blackburn Market is based on best practice from European developments and several principles adopted by supermarket designers. Sightlines are opened-up by using underfloor LPHW heating and stall allocation controlled to avoid the blocking of sightlines and promote comparison-shopping.

Single-level design with escalator link to shopping centre and multi-storey car park

Quarterbridge negotiated the relocation agreements with stallholders and organized the new allocations. The new Blackburn Market incorporates a foodcourt and full IT services for all stalls with footfall driven by escalator links to the shopping centre and a shoppers car park sitting above that.

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Blackburn Market was awarded the prize of ‘Best UK Indoor Market’ by NABMA in 2012.

Blackburn Market butcher
Blackburn Market