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Public Consultation on the Future of Sandbach Market Hall

The Market Hall is situated right at the heart of Sandbach Town Centre. It operates as an Indoor Market for just two days a week, housing eighteen small businesses, and is closed for the other five days a week. Last year Sandbach Town Council subsidised the Market Hall at a cost of £20,000. Being empty for most of the time, the solid brick building usually looks cold and uninviting to visitors.

The Town Council wants to revitalise the building, making it open and welcoming, attracting custom and visitors to the heart of the town. We could also put some offices on a new first floor to house the Town Council staff, thus saving about £20,000 on rental costs. We have some ideas on how to improve this vital gateway to the town and would like to know what you think of them – and of course, to hear what ideas you have too.

All the suggested options for the building lighten the rear and Congleton Road sides by incorporating large windows, making the building open and inviting. The solid wooden doors would be replaced with glazed double doors, presenting welcoming entrances. The suggested changes combine to improve the aesthetics of this Grade II listed building and the Conservation Officer has been consulted and has made positive comments on the proposals below.

The options for the internal space vary.  

Option 1- Small retail units with open central space for catering option and a glazed high-level mezzanine for office accommodation.

The retail units would provide an opportunity for small independent businesses to trade in the heart of the town, fitting well with the independent nature of Sandbach shops. The building would be open 6 days a week, injecting vitality into the area. The office accommodation would centralise staff and reduce costs.

Capital Cost £900,000

Option 2- Flexible open space on ground floor with a glazed high-level mezzanine for office accommodation.

The open ground floor space would allow a variety of uses throughout the week. Temporary market stalls could be erected for Thursday and Saturday markets, with the space being available for hire for the remainder of the week. The large open indoor space connecting to the Little Common could be very useful for public events. The office accommodation would centralise staff and reduce costs.

Capital Cost £900,000

Option 3- Ground floor redevelopment of Market Hall providing some open space alongside office accommodation.

The open ground floor space would allow for some uses throughout the week. Temporary market stalls could be erected for Thursday and Saturday markets, with the space being available for hire for the remainder of the week. The office accommodation would centralise staff and reduce costs. There would be a reduction in income for the Town Hall, since the Boardroom would not be available for hire.

Capital cost £680,000

Option 4 –Let to private enterprise.

There would be little or no capital cost and a guaranteed income. However, the choices for tenant may not suit Sandbach's independent identity, for example budget end retailers. The external changes to the building would be limited and would feature the corporate style of the tenant. There would be little influence on the aesthetics of the building, so the gateway to the town may or may not be enhanced.  
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We would like to know what you think of these options and any other suggestions you may have. Please complete the questionnaire below, which includes illustration of options shown: 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YG6RGD9

If you would like to know more before completing the questionnaire come along to a Consultation Event:

Thursday 31st March 7pm - 8:30pm in the Indoor Market,

Saturday 2nd April 10am – 1pm in the Indoor Market

Saturday 9th April 9am – 3pm at the Makers Market.

 

Posted on: 
Mon 21 Mar 2016