Preston City Council wanted to refurbish its traditional Victorian market to create an indoor market space.
The aim of the indoor space was to keep shoppers and traders warm, but also to attract more people, both old and young, with weekly music entertainment, a craft ale bar and also a Caribbean food stand.
The Council also wanted to install 360 glass panels into the Victorian canopy to let in more light and give the market a bright, fresh and welcoming feeling.
A mix of coloured granite paving was supplied by Hardscape for the scheme which included internal and external spaces. The Chinese granite palette provided a sharp yet warm and welcoming feeling to three different areas of the market. The main stand area was laid with a mix of Magma, Kobra Green and Classic granite – all of which were flamed, in 600 x 300 x 70mm and 784.67m2 of each type. The lay-by area featured 253.27m2 of smaller Kobra granite setts in 150 x 150 x 70mm, and finally at Starch House Square, which boasted 627m2 of the Magma granite on its own.
The multi million pound market hall now attracts a wide variety of customers.
Hardscape was proud to provide additional paving to Preston again, and not just the market, to give the city a consistent paving colour and material structure, which aims to attract even more people to the renowned ‘administrative centre of Lancashire’.