The iconic sign that welcomed shoppers to Sheffield’s much-loved Castle Market for years has been removed – and residents are being urged to share their ideas on where it should go.
Demolition of the former market – which has been replaced by the £18 million Moor Market – started earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed by November.
The ornate steelwork bridge feature which stood above Exchange Street was taken down in a milestone in the demolition project.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business at Sheffield Council, said: “The demolition is continuing apace, and a few people have mentioned about the sign and what is going to happen to it.
“We are open to people’s ideas and will consider anything that is feasible.”
The market closed in November 2013 as the new Moor Market opened and is being knocked down by contractor Kier Asset Management.
Removing the gallery and facade of the low office block along Exchange Street is due to be complete by the end of June and could involve removing by hand a wall next to the Market Tavern pub.
Demolition of the high office block, the most complex structure to be tackled, is set to begin in early July.
City leaders hope one strand of regenerating the Castlegate area will be uncovering the remains of Sheffield Castle so they can become a visitor attraction.
But an initial cash bid asking for £362,000 to begin the project was rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which questioned what could be achieved by the estimated £5million cost.
Coun Bramall said: “We are working on new plans and new funding streams, actively seeking out funding opportunities.
“We are assessing the scheme – because it was rejected – to see if there is any tweaks that need to be made.
“What we may be doing is having more multiple bids to fund different aspects of the project.”
Work on the Grey to Green scheme – a bid to revive West Bar to Castlegate by planting wildflowers, bulbs, plants and grasses as well as narrowing the road from four lanes to two – is also due to start ‘ very soon’, said Coun Bramall.
The initiative, paid for with European and Government cash, aims to transform the link between the Riverside Business District and the city centre and help with flood prevention.
Yorkshire Art Space is using the former passenger transport executive building at the back of the market for studios.
When the market is demolished to ground level it is likely the site will be fenced off with hoardings displaying the regeneration plans.