Chesterfield Town Council

Chesterfield Town Council

“You couldn’t get a much more difficult site for a temporary building than New Square. We are very proud to have taken on such a challenging build and to complete it on time and without a hitch.” Director of Sales for Spaciotempo, Scott Jameson

Case Study

About this job
Last year, Chesterfield Town Council carried out a £3.6m renovation of its 154-year-old market hall, meaning that in order for the regular 14 stall-holders to continue trading, a temporary venue was needed. The council decided to house them in a temporary building erected in nearby New Square; a cobble-covered, tree-lined area situated just outside the market hall, meaning customers did not have to travel far.

Requirement
The council needed a building that would not only be welcoming to shoppers, but which could be built without causing damage to the historic cobbles or the Victorian plane trees. The building would also have to compensate for the sloping square, which fell away by 1.6m over the course of a 20m run.

Building
We supplied a 300sqm temporary building fitted with steel-and-uPVC wall panels and a thermo roof. It included two sets of glazed doors – one set of manually operated double doors and the other an automated sliding door – while we fitted six 250W high-bay mercury lights inside

Challenges
The build was, without doubt, one of the most complicated we have ever embarked on. First, we lifted the cobbles and moved them to a place of safety. Then we cast a series of concrete pillars – there were 20 in all, each one metre thick and of varying heights – all of which were embedded slightly into the ground, because the presence of optic cables and utility pipes below the surface meant we could not sink the supports. Then we fixed a 300sqm platform to the top of the pillars and erected the building in the usual way, taking care not to go higher than 3.2m at the eaves in order to protect the trees.

Outcome
It took three-and-a-half weeks to erect the building and, on moving in, trader Tara Kreeger, of market stall Venus Footwear, said: “I must admit we were a bit worried about what the temporary Market Hall was going to look like, but I think it’s a terrific solution.”

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