Quarterbridge has delivered many of the UK’s Market developments. Several have won RTPI and NABMA awards for ‘Best UK Market’. Take a look at our News page for the latest updates.

Southport Market - best british small market

Retail design

We offer a multi-disciplinary team of architects, interior designers and building surveyors. They apply the same retail design principles used by multiple retailers to maximise footfall and visibility. Many market halls are historic listed buildings so refurbishment needs a sympathetic touch. We have developed an excellent working relationship with English Heritage and unrivalled experience at converting buildings for multi-use purposes.

We are particularly skilled at designing for catering and fresh food retailing. This is a challenging task and we have worked with manufacturers to develop strengthened equipment suitable for the demanding requirements of a Market environment. Our designs exceed EHO requirements and enable stallholders to achieve 5-star ratings when used with our Foodstall Operating Guide under the National Food Hygiene Rating scheme. See the Case Studies page for some examples.

Programme and Costing

Our costings specialists are always in strong demand. Developing or refurbishing a market needs experience to anticipate concealed structural defects to roofs and drains which are commonplace. Costing and programming are particularly complex because maintaining continuity of trade for stallholders is the usual requirement. The construction programme needs to be co-ordinated with the legal programme  to guarantee the handover date. Fortunately we have the experience.

Contract administration

Our surveyors are of course highly-experienced at contract admin. In addition they are expected to agree accommodation works with Stallholders back to back with lease renewals. Pre-contract programming to deliver vacant possession when it is needed by the contractor is vital to our projects. Avoiding delays and extensions of time is our speciality.

Health & Safety

There are significant H&S challenges for landlords and stallholders working in proximity to the public. We offer a specialist Risk Assessment and CDM planning service for operational reviews and building works, plus Health & Safety plans developed for Market operations. Contact us to discuss our Operational Risk Assessments.

Swansea market redevelopment
Accrington Market Hall Revelopment