The next step for ambitious market plan

Clitheroe Market revamp.
Clitheroe Market revamp.

An ambitious scheme to redevelop Clitheroe Market with potential for a hotel, restaurant, café, shops, car park and revamped market with a hall, cabins and stalls has taken its next step.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s policy and finance committee has agreed its intention to award the contract to redevelop the 1.4 acre site to Nelson company Barnfield Construction.

Barnfield, whose extensive portfolio includes The Globe Centre, Accrington; The Ace Centre, Nelson; Boundary Mill, Colne; Stanley House, Mellor, and Blackfriars, Manchester, was chosen following a rigorous selection process.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “The Clitheroe Market scheme generated strong interest from first-rate developers across the country and we received some stunning proposals for the site.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre and we are delighted to welcome Barnfield Construction, which has a strong track record in schemes of this nature, as our development partner.”

In line with European procurement requirements, there will now be a 10-day standstill period, before the contract is confirmed.

Detailed plans for the scheme will be unveiled shortly and, subject to planning approval, Phase 1 involving the construction of the new market is scheduled to be completed by February 2017, with Phase 2 involving the remainder of the site by April 2018.

Extensive consultation with market traders and stakeholders will take place next year.