Chesterfield Town Council – Temporary Market Hall

REQUIREMENT:

As part of Chesterfield Town Council’s £3.6m renovation of its 154-year-old market hall, they required a temporary market building, in order for the regular 14 stall-holders to continue trading. The council decided to house them in a Spaciotempo 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.

SOLUTION:

As part of Chesterfield Town Council’s £3.6m renovation of its 154-year-old market hall, they required a temporary market building, in order for the regular 14 stall-holders to continue trading.

The council needed a temporary structure 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 temporary building would also have to compensate for the sloping square, which fell away by 1.6m over the course of a 20m run.

We supplied a 300sqm temporary building solution 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.

The build wasn’t without its challenges! Firstly, 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 1m 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. Next, we fixed a 300sqm platform to the top of the pillars and erected the temporary market building in the usual way, taking care not to go higher than 3.2m at the eaves in order to protect the trees.

Spaciotempo’s Managing Director, Scott Jameson describes, ‘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. It took three-and-a-half weeks to erect the building and, on moving in, trader Tara Kreeger, of market stall Venus Footwear commented, ‘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.’

Fact File

Who: Chesterfield Town Council
Where: Chesterfield
Use: Temporary Market Hall
Why: Needed during a £3.6m renovation of its 154-year-old market hall
Special Features: Built on historic cobbles and surrounded by Victorian plane trees.