Scunthorpe steel being used for new St John's Market as £4m redevelopment of former BHS store takes shape
British Steel sections are being used in the conversion of the former BHS unit in Scunthorpe town centre into the new St John's Market
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jan 2019
Scunthorpe steel is being used to create the stalls for the town's new market as work on the £4 million development progresses.
Around 40 tonnes of sections manufactured and rolled at the British Steel works are helping to create 62 stall units at the facility, to be known as St John's Market.
All three floors of the former BHS store in the town centre are being renovated to house the new market, which is scheduled to open in spring and will replace the current Scunthorpe Market.
Plans to relocate the market proved controversial and led to opposition from some traders and shoppers, although North Lincolnshire Council officials say almost 90 per cent of the stalls at the new site have now been allocated.
Contractors started on-site at the end of September and since then, the strip out has been completed, drainage works are ongoing, internal walls are being constructed, steel frames are being built and a new service yard is being installed.
St John's Market forms part of a council vision to transform the town centre with a £60m regeneration project which also includes facilities such as new offices and housing.
The new St John's Market is scheduled to open in the former BHS building in Scunthorpe's Parishes shopping centre in spring 2019 (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
Richard Farnsworth, British Steel's managing director for construction, said: "It's fantastic to be working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and we're delighted they are continuing to support our business and our employees.
"We recently supplied steel into the council's redevelopment of Church Square and this is another great example of the council supporting the Government's public procurement guidance on steel."
While work is ongoing at St John’s Market, the current Scunthorpe Market remains open and traders will continue to operate from the current site until the new facility opens.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: "I am delighted that work is progressing well on the new St John’s Market.
"Being able to use British Steel from the Scunthorpe plant was a real priority for us as we are committed to supporting as many businesses as possible in our area, not only to help them grow but to develop the local economy.
"I am positive that St John's Market will be a success in its prominent location in Scunthorpe town centre next to the bus station and multi-storey car park, which along with other car parks, offers free car parking.
"It is fantastic that nearly 90 per cent of stalls have been taken up already from both current traders on Scunthorpe Market and new traders. There is going to be a real mix of stalls that will ensure it is a vibrant and modern market."
Anybody who may be interested in taking up one of the last few stalls at the new St John’s Market can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07773 647296.