Wates Construction appointed to Derby Market Hall transformation

Wates Construction and property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard have been appointed by Derby City Council to deliver phase one of a three-year transformation of Derby Market Hall.

Wates Construction and property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard have been appointed by Derby City Council to deliver phase one of a three-year transformation of Derby Market Hall.

Wates has been appointed via the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework, which is managed by Scape Group, a public-sector organisation dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment.

Originally built in 1864 and located in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, the Market Hall is one of the city’s most culturally important buildings. Today, it plays host to a range of independent traders, with its wide variety of stalls encompassing niche food and drink offerings as well as local fashion retailers.

In order to extend the building’s lifespan and to counter structural deterioration that has occasionally forced the market’s temporary closure, Wates has been appointed to deliver phase one of the project which will see the significant improvement to the building’s glazed panelling, copper roof and stonework.

Initially, this will comprise the application of an extensive, bespoke scaffolding structure to enable building surveys to take place that will inform the extent of the work required.

Preliminary work has already commenced including identifying comprehensive measures to allow the traders to operate as normal throughout the works, such as the installation of a temporary roof.

Wates will also deliver extensive work to the interior and exterior of the roof structure, such as restoring damaged glazing, replacing damaged bricks, and repairing gutters and smoke vents to improve the safety of those who work in and visit the hall.

Wates Construction is a trusted and expert partner in the delivery of heritage restoration projects with an extensive portfolio across the UK, including the £18.7m refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade I listed Royal Hospital Chelsea and a £28m below-ground new build project to the Grade I listed Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

In the East Midlands, recent projects have included the regeneration of Sneinton Market in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and the restoration of historic factory units on Nottingham’s Dakeyne Street to create lettable commercial space for the city’s emerging creative businesses.

The Market Hall is the crown jewel of Derby’s independent retail sector, and is rightly a source of pride for local people.
It is therefore a privilege for Wates to help secure the building’s future by carrying out this refurbishment. Throughout the project, we are committed to it being business as usual for traders and shoppers, and to ensure that none of the building’s historic charm is lost as part of the transformation process.
We will work very closely with the Council, Pick Everard and the market traders to make this project a success, and to secure the future of the building for generations to come.”
John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands


Throughout the project Wates will engage a local supply chain and provide training and employment opportunities for the people of Derby, ensuring it leaves behind a skills and economic boost for the city.

We have pledged to redevelop the Market Hall into a modern, vibrant and bustling destination. The appointment of these contractors is the start of a three-year project to transform the building and its offer to attract a wider cross section of people and drive a stronger footfall in the city centre.
The Labour administration has secured in the region of £5m for the works on the roof.”
Cllr Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader, Derby City Council




It is great to see Wates appointed to deliver Derby’s Market Hall transformation, a project of great significance for the local community and the region.
Through the empa framework, the refurbishment will involve local suppliers, and support the creation of new employment and training opportunities for local people, ensuring that the project delivers long-term social value and economic benefits for the local community. We look forward to seeing the Market Hall transform into a modern landmark for the city”
Victoria Brambini, Managing Director of Scape Procure


The Market Hall, originally designed by Derbyshire engineer Rowland Mason Ordish, is located within Derby’s City Centre Conservation Area, which also contains Derby Cathedral, the Silk Mill and the Guildhall Theatre.