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Plans to renovate Cardiff Market

Plans have been revealed for a multi-million-pound renovation of Cardiff’s historic Central Market.

Cardiff Council, which owns the market, says the plans would ‘protect, preserve and future-proof’ the Grade II* Listed building, restoring original design features, and introducing a new ground floor seated area for food.

Opened in 1891, the market is steeped in history and following the renovation, the council also intends to better present and share its history with the 2.2 million visitors it attracts every year, using visual story points and projections.

The plans, which are subject to funding and planning permission, include:

  1. restoring the Trinity Street and St Mary Street entrances.

  2. restoring the roof, original windows and external elevations.

  3. replacing glazing and tiles.

  4. restoring the market interior, including improvements to the historic stalls.

  5. removing a 1960s ‘false floor’ at the Trinity St entrance to reveal the original design.

  6. roof-mounted solar panels, and integrated battery storage.

  7. repairing the H.Samuel market clock.

  8. a 70-seat eating area on the ground floor.

  9. an activity and education room.

  10. improving drainage.

  11. energy-efficient LED lighting.

The market, which is home to 61 eclectic independent businesses including traditional greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers, street food stalls, artisan producers, clothing, music and hardware stalls and more, will remain open throughout the works, with some traders relocated into nearby accommodation on a temporary short-term basis.

If successful, the works are currently expected to begin in summer 2024 and take approximately two years.

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