07 Feb Work starts to transform Northampton’s historic Market Square
Leading construction firm Stepnell Ltd has started work today (Monday 6 February) on the transformation of Northampton’s Market Square.
Located at the heart of the town, Northampton’s Market Square is set to be transformed to better reflect the wonderful, historic public space that it is. As well as the use of high-quality paving and materials, the improved facilities will include a flexible event space, bespoke fixed stalls, more trees, tiered seating and an interactive water feature.
Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) and Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth at WNC were joined by representatives from the main contractor leading on the multi-million pound redevelopment, Stepnell Ltd.
Commemorating the occasion with a ground-breaking ceremony, key stakeholders came together to mark the start of the project, which will take shape over the next 18 months.
Cllr Lister, said: “For years many have expressed the wish for the market square to be improved and rejuvenated, so today marks a key moment in the redevelopment of Northampton Town Centre as work begin to transform Northampton’s historic Market Square.
“The new-look square is set to provide a focal point for businesses and visitors. We look forward to working closely with Stepnell to see the vision that people have told us they want to see for this space come to life over the next 18 months.
“In the meantime, I would urge everyone to support our traders at the market’s new temporary location at Commercial St Car Park, before we welcome them back to a revitalised Market Square next year.”
Adrian Barnes, Regional Director at Stepnell Ltd said “We are excited to be commencing the redevelopment of the Market Square in Northampton Town Centre. This is an important project in the transformation and regeneration of the Town Centre and we are proud to be part of the Council’s vision for the Town”.
The market will trade from Commercial Street for around 18 months while the multi million-pound redevelopment of Market Square works take place.
Traders will not pay any rent or utility fees while they are based at their temporary new home, and shoppers spending £5 or more at a single market stall will get an hour’s free parking at the Commercial St Car Park throughout February.
To keep up to date with the redevelopment of Northampton Town Centre and across West Northamptonshire, visit www.westnorthants.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/regeneration