Shades of the Winter Garden in Sheffield’s new markets

Sheffield Market - construction so far
Sheffield Market - construction so far

IT’S one of the few building sites in Sheffield city centre.

Construction of the markets hall on The Moor has progressed to a stage where the roofline can now been identified.

Compressed timber beams are being slotted together to create the framework for a glass canopied roof to create a structure that the architects say will be ultra strong, yet flexible. It is the same material used in the arches of the Winter Garden. Props are used to hold everything in place until the structure can take its own weight.

The 195 indoor stalls, with an emphasis on fresh food and local produce, are due to open in Nvember, replacing the out-of-date stalls at Castlegate.

Council leader Julie Dore said: “We are the only city in the country to be investing in a purpose-built market hall which underlines our confidence in its future and in Sheffield city centre. We were determined for this building’s design to make a statement, so it’s marvellous how it echoes the Winter Garden, which played a vital part in the Heart of the city regeneration.”

The council is spending £18m on The Moor market, and will own and manage it. Bowmer & Kirkland is carrying out the construction work.

Eight shops being built opposite Atkinsons department store are being funded, built and managed by Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust.