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Contractors move into market refurbishment HQ

Contractors who'll be refurbishing historic Swansea Market's roof have now moved into their site offices for the project.

Swansea Market

A team from R & M Williams has started setting up a temporary base at 39 Union Street.  The building, located opposite Santander, is right next to one of the market's entrances.

Experts will soon be inspecting the market as they make their preparations to start work in January 2015. They'll also be using the building as a face-to-face drop-in centre for market traders where their questions and queries can be answered and addressed.

The £1.9 million project is being funded by Swansea Council and the Building Enhancement Programme, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. It will include the refurbishment of the existing barrel vault roof and the renewal of roof and gable glazing.

Essential repairs to the flat roof and the roof light lanterns will also be carried out. Subject to available funding, other improvement works could follow at the market in future. The project, expected to last about six months, will be split into four phases. Each phase will require scaffolding to be put up although access to the market will be maintained at all times and it'll be business as usual for traders.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "The refurbishment of the market roof was identified by the traders as their top priority but, subject to the availability of funding, other improvement works will also follow in future to further boost the market's look and feel.

"We'll be doing all we can to minimise disruption and will keep traders updated with the fine detail of the scheme. We've already held a presentation for traders in the market and we've written letters to all of them, but having a base on Union Street will offer them a nearby place to ask any questions they may have within easy reach of their workplace.

"I'd urge people to continue to support our wonderful market traders both in the critical trading period leading up to Christmas and throughout the refurbishment project next year because it'll be business as usual during the works."

With over 100 stalls including a wide selection of fresh local produce, traditional Welsh fayre and specialist butchers and fishmongers, Swansea Market has been serving the people of Swansea for generations. It has a footfall of about 20,000 people a day.

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