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How a temporary building kept Chesterfield Town Council’s market hall renovation in business

By 23 May 2016November 7th, 2023Retail

When Chesterfield Town Council undertook a £3.6m renovation of its 154-year-old market hall. It was imperative to ensure that the regular 14 stall-holders could continue trading. A simple but effective solution was needed. Cue an innovative temporary building installation from Spaciotempo.

In a bid to keep the town’s market traders trading. Chesterfield Town Council decided to house their market traders in a temporary building erected in New Square. Just a stone’s throw away from the regular market hall. This cobbled, tree-lined area was earmarked to ensure the minimal amount of disruption for the town’s loyal market customers.

Temporary structures in construction

The council needed a temporary market hall that could be built without causing damage to the historic cobbles. 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.

Spaciotempo supplied a 300sqm temporary building fitted with steel and uPVC wall panels, as well as a thermo roof. This bespoke installation included two sets of glazed doors; one set of manually operated double doors and the other an automated sliding door. We also fitted six 250W high-bay mercury lights to illuminate proceedings.

Complicated temporary building installation

As far as temporary structures in construction projects go. This was one of the most complicated Spaciotempo has 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. This was 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. We had to take particular care not to go higher than 3.2m at the eaves in order to protect the trees.

Effective temporary market hall

It took three-and-a-half weeks to erect this temporary building solution. 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.”

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

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