The new feature bar in the centre of the new look Southport Market is taking shape!
Southport Market is currently undergoing a £1.3million transformation into a brand new food, drink and events space.
The feature bar is being created in the centre of the market, on the corner of King Street and Market Street in Southport town centre.
The bar operator is due to be revealed soon.
Blackhurst Butchers, which has been operating in the market for over 45 years, recently moved into their brand new unit at the front of the building while local wood fired pizza specialists 600 Degrees have also confirmed they will be taking a unit too. More traders are set to be unveiled over the coming weeks.
The market is due to open in a few weeks’ time, attracting more visitors to the ‘Market Quarter’ area of the town centre and giving a boost to other nearby businesses on King Street, Market Street, Princes Street and Eastbank Street.
The project is being led by Sefton Council with £900,000 funding through Southport Town Deal and a further £500,000 through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Medlock, a specialist fit-out, refurbishment, and new-build contractor, is carrying out the work in the market. They are working alongside Warrington Architecture and interior design specialist DV8 to transform the historic facility.
The Southport Market development will see 10 new food units and a feature bar installed.
This will be supported by a flexible events space able to host high-quality markets along with other events.
A Medlock spokesperson said: “From drainage runs and new floor finishes to a children’s play area, this exciting project will give us lots to sink our teeth into.
“New acoustic walls plus a multi-functional space and stage will be perfect for live entertainment. New feature lighting throughout the venue will turn the spotlight on special guests when needed.
“Behind the scenes, we’ll also be adding some cold rooms and walk-in fridges.
“The children’s play area will be a fun zone for the little ones while the adults enjoy some hospitality.
“We’ll also be installing new awnings, a mezzanine area, and seating terraces for the hall which we’re sure will be packed with locals and visitors alike.
“And that’s still not all: there’ll be a new glazed lobby, sliding doors, glazed frontages, decorative columns, and new cask and keg cellars in the basement.
“We’re excited to be working on such a huge project for Sefton Council and eager to get the market up and running for a great start to the summer.”
Drawing inspiration from the European culture of social eating, embracing local produce and fresh ingredients, Southport Market will evolve into the type of market culture we have seen successfully established throughout the UK and will quickly become a social hub.
The new market will combine a strong food and drink element to celebrate everything about Southport and the surrounding area, really championing the array of produce available being so close to the coast.
Sitting proudly in the centre will be an impressive bar offering a mix of drink elements; from wine, gin and cocktails to local brewers and craft beers. This has been designed around the seaside theme, a sympathetic complement to Southport.
Around the market permanent food offerings will be mixed with guest food outlets serving local produce and a range of cuisines. This will allow businesses to be flexible to their needs and will create a unique dining and leisure experience in Southport.
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