Shoppers visiting Wolverhampton Market will see some changes over the coming days as the facility prepares for its relocation in the New Year.

However, it will very much be a case of business as usual at the indoor and outdoor market with both sites remaining fully open throughout the busy Christmas trading period.

As announced last month, City of Wolverhampton Council has appointed Speller Metcalfe as contractors for the markets relocation project.

As part of the changing face of the city's Westside area, Heantun House - which is the outdated home to the indoor market - is being demolished.

From next March, the indoor and outdoor traders will combine to form a new look open market in Market Square which will have 46 licensed outdoor stalls, 22 casual stalls and 16 brand new cabins housing some of the old indoor traders.

Work on creating the new look open market will start in the New Year and be completed by March.

However, from Monday (7 December), people will notice a contractor's compound and some hoardings appearing along the length of Market Square to enable the ground works for the new cabins. All the existing outdoor stalls will remain in their current location during this phase of the works.

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said: "We are all extremely excited about the creation of a new open market bring together the indoor and outdoor markets.

"Work on this will begin in earnest in the new year. We just want to let people know that from Monday they will see some signs of activity by the contractors as they start preparatory works.

"Crucially, we need to emphasise that these are just preparatory works. Both the indoor and outdoor markets will be open as usual and people can come and shop there as normal. We are doing this in a phased, planned way in full consultation with traders and we hope to keep all disruption to a minimum throughout the duration of the project."

Dud Malik, chairman of Wolverhampton Market Traders Association, said: "We are very pleased this new development is taking place and we are looking forward to a more modern market for the city. I would urge people to bear with us for the next few months and please continue to support the existing traders whilst the construction works take place."

  • released: Friday 4 December, 2015