Published: Fri 22 February, 2019
The transformation of a former Coalville pub into an indoor market will start with repairs to the roof beginning on Monday 25 February.
Scaffolding will be erected on the former Litten Tree pub on Marlborough Square, which North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) bought last month as part of its Building Confidence in Coalville regeneration programme.
Once work is complete, a new indoor market will be created, with existing stalls from the current market hall being joined by other traders.
Regular outdoor markets will be held just outside the new indoor space once the planned redesign of Marlborough Square is complete and there will be the opportunity for events to be held inside and out.
The roof repairs will help to bring the old pub up to modern building standards and will take between two and four weeks to complete, depending on the weather. The work will include:
- Removing and replacing slates
- Removing the stone chipping
- Installing insulation
- Installing a new roof cover.
£600,000 has been allocated by the council for the purchase and revamp of the building.
Existing market traders are being supported to move into the new indoor market, onto the new outdoor market or into suitable retail space in the town. Grants and free business advice is available to these traders.
The council also hopes to offer the opportunity for new businesses and start-ups to trade at the revamped indoor market as part of its plans to regenerate the town.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Anyone looking at the old Litten Tree can see that the building is in a sorry state, and this is one of the things that convinced us to buy it and turn it into a lively market and events space.
“We’re working with private investors around the town to bring empty, unattractive buildings back into use – the former Pick and Shovel is now a high quality apartment development and the crumbling former bus depot has been given a new lease of life as a car showroom. Both of these projects involved our work and financial support and we’re very proud of this.
“The Litten Tree is on Marlborough Square, where we are planning to create an attractive public open space – it makes perfect sense for us to transform the building into a welcoming market hall and bring complementary indoor and outdoor markets into the centre of town.”
The detailed designs for the new indoor market are currently being drawn up.
The current market will stay open at the existing Market Hall until the new market is ready to trade.