A MULTI-million contract to build Sheffield’s new market hall is up for grabs.
Sheffield Council is inviting companies to submit ‘expressions of interest’ for the £21.5 million scheme to create the 214,000 sq ft markets building, yard and new shops which will front onto The Moor.
The project is set to go ahead next year, to be completed by the end of 2013.
Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore said: “By the end of 2013 we should have a brand new market on The Moor. This has been a long time coming and I’m excited that in the current climate here in Sheffield we are still taking our city’s transformation forward.
“As well as a new market and retail offering for The Moor this will also create much needed jobs for Sheffield people and help to boost our city’s economy.”
The specification for the project is for a single-storey market hall with two-storey annexe containing trader storage, back-of-house trader facilities and a management suite, plus an open air service yard plus a multi-storey retail block at the front of the complex, facing onto The Moor.
The project was delayed last year when changes to European rules required a rethink on how the long-awaited replacement for the rundown Castle Markets site was to be procured.
Ranald Phillips, director of Ashcroft, the asset managers for The Moor’s landlords Scottish Widows, said: “We are delighted we have been able to reach agreement with Sheffield Council for this long- awaited development.
“This will form part of the first phase of a comprehensive regeneration programme for The Moor to restore it as one of the city’s most important retailing locations.”
Sheffield Council, which is funding the new markets building by taking out a loan, is asking interested contractors to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire by noon on October 20.
For more information, log onto www.buy4sheffield.co.uk or call the council on 0114 273 4567.