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New Year start for market roof refurbishment works

Historic Swansea Market's roof is being refurbished to boost traders and shoppers for many years to come.

Swansea Market

A major project due to start in January 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 to further improve its look and feel.

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.

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.

The council and its contractor for the scheme, R & M Williams, have already met with traders and will be working closely alongside them to minimise disruption. The contractor will soon be moving into a base on Union Street to prepare for the works.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "The market roof hasn't been refurbished for many years and is no longer fit for purpose, so these essential works are needed to preserve the future of one of the city centre's crown jewels. When we carried out a survey earlier this year the market traders told us the roof's refurbishment was their top priority, but this project is just the start because we're already seeking additional funding for other improvements that will further boost the market's look and feel in future. The market will also be at the heart of our plans to breathe new life into the city centre and generate the kind of visitor numbers our traders need to flourish.

"The roof refurbishment project is being started in January to ensure no works coincide with the critically important Christmas trading period, and although access to the market will be maintained and deliveries will be unaffected throughout the scheme, we'll still be working hard with traders to help minimise disruption. It will be business as usual at Swansea Market and I'd urge people to continue to support its traders."

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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