New era for Sheffield markets as roof starts to take shape

The roof being installed at the new Sheffield markets on The Moor.
The roof being installed at the new Sheffield markets on The Moor.
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THE roof of Sheffield’s long-awaited new multi-million pound market hall has finally begun to take shape.

Timber beams are being slotted together to make way for the new glass canopied roof at the £18 million development on The Moor.

The highly-skilled operation started in November and the builders say progress is ‘going well’.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said a total of 591 beams will make up the market hall entrance.

The striking structures are made out of glulam – layers of wood compressed together to form a strong, flexible, material, which was also used for the arches of the iconic Winter Garden.

The beams work up to the apex in a network of triangles, connected by 124 steel nodes.

Currently props are being used to hold everything in place until the structure can take its own weight.

And when the beams are all in place, the arch will be covered with a glass canopy.

Coun Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council, said: “It’s exciting to see the roof taking shape because it marks the start of the countdown to the opening of The Moor Market in November.

“We are the only city in the country to be investing in a purpose-built market hall which underlines our confidence in its future and in Sheffield city centre.

“We were determined for this building’s design to make a statement, so it’s marvellous how it echoes the Winter Garden, which played a vital part in the Heart of the City regeneration.”

The council is spending £18m on The Moor Market, and will own and manage it.

Steve Chambers, of construction firm Bowner & Kirkland said: “Progress on the Moor Market is going well and the stunning glulam arches at the entrance will no doubt become a well-known landmark in the city.

“We are all working well together to deliver a vibrant new market for everyone in Sheffield.”