New pictures show the inside of Southport Market as building work continues to transform it into a brand new food, drink and events hub.
These images show how the project is taking shape in the £1.4million project.
Medlock has been appointed to undertake the works, on behalf of Sefton Council, which are scheduled to be completed this Spring.
The firm has committed to a number of social value measures such as using local supply chains and sub-contractors.
A Southport Market spokesperson said: “Just like that the shell is formed waiting for its new lease of life.
“We will post updates when things start happening. The space inside is incredibly huge!”
A total of £900,000 in Southport Town Deal funding in addition to £500,000 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is supporting the scheme.
In the Budget this week Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that Southport has now been granted a further £37.5million in investment from the government with more changes set to follow.
A further £100,000 in advance Town Deal funding is supporting the Southport BID project to create new lighting along the mile-long Lord Street boulevard.
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.
Blackhurst Butchers, which has been in Southport Market for nearly half a century, has recently moved into its new home in a new unit right at the front of the building and remains open as building work continues.
Once complete it is hoped that the market will spark the regeneration of the ‘Market Quarter’, bringing more customers to businesses on Market Street, King Street and Princes Street.
A number of extra measures have been put in place to ensure the site is Covid safe and meets all of the requirements with regards to construction sites.
Southport MP Damien Moore said: “It is exciting to see that there is a new lease of life for Southport Market. When it opens it is going to be really vibrant and exciting. The rejuvenation of Southport starts here.
“This development has been made possible partly through £900,000 in Southport Town Deal Acceleration Grant funding through the Government, which is continuing to invest in Southport.”
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We know just how much of an important asset Southport Market is to the town, which is why this project is such a cornerstone of the Southport Town Deal.
“But we have also managed to secure additional external funding to completely transform the building, which shows real commitment from Sefton Council.
“I’m thrilled that a number of new food and drink traders have already signed up to be a part of the new Southport Market, demonstrating a real confidence in the scheme.
“This will see a number of new local businesses established, creating substantial new job opportunities in the hospitality industry which, as we know, has been hit so hard over the last 12 months.
“The new flexible events space will also create many opportunities for individuals or local businesses to trade again demonstrating that Sefton is not only business friendly but open for business.”