Westside, Wolverhampton City Council’s new £55m regeneration scheme, has moved a step closer with the relocation of the city’s outdoor market.
The market’s current location at Market Square forms part of the 6.4-acre site for the new leisure-led development.
As a result, a new home for the market was needed. Wolverhampton City Council has announced that the market will now be permanently located at Southside.
A temporary market has been in place since April last year when the indoor traders joined the outdoor traders in Market Square to enable the demolition of Heantun House and the old indoor market.
The former Netto store and adjoining buildings were cleared from the site last year, paving the way for the move, which will see 48 tented stalls and 16 purpose-built cabins transferred from Market Square.
It is anticipated the move will be completed in winter 2017/18 – but not during the Christmas trade period.
Cllr Steve Evans, cabinet member for City Environment, said: “The council is proud to be the beneficiary of a legally-binding Royal Charter, which commits us to holding a weekly market in the city centre.
“Relocating the market to Southside will not only pave the way for a first-class leisure development on Westside, it will also allow the market to thrive in a new, prominent city centre location.”
Plans for Westside include a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, bars, hotel, multi-storey car park, apartments, and public realm. It will be built in two phases over a five-year period.
Ian Mercer, partner and head of development at Bruton Knowles in Birmingham, said: “The relocation of the market is another major milestone achieved by the Council as work to bring all the various pieces of the Westside jigsaw puzzle together continues.
“The Council has worked closely with the market traders to achieve an outcome that suits all parties, which the relocation to Southside does, given it’s prominent location in the city centre.”