Chesterfield Market


URBED were commissioned by Chesterfield Borough Council to devise a town centre masterplan for Chesterfield.  As the street market makes up an important part of the town centre activity, we were commissioned to undertake a review of the market.  The review covered management, marketing and physical impact as well as looking at the market hall which is made up of a series of fixed retail units.   We found that the Council were running the market well and it was a major draw for the town.  We suggested a range of smaller scale improvements such as a Sunday flea market, a craft market, opening the general market on other days and improving the hot food offer along with a programme of promotion and regular entertainment and improvements to the desire lines to bring pedestrians through the fixed market stalls.  While more radical and longer term solutions were also suggested such as re-roofing the stalls and looking at removal of sections of the fixed stalls along with refurbishment of the market hall.

Key Facts

Project dates 2009
Client URBED and Chesterfield Borough Council
Brief Strategy for town centre and markets
Partnerships URBED and Chesterfield Borough Council
Results The URBED town centre strategy has been adopted by the Council and our proposals have been incorporated into that strategy. The proposals were clear that the current fixed market stalls should not be taken away but that pedestrian routes through them should be opened up and improved. Our ideas on the market hall were also included.

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