Liverpool’s fruit, vegetable and flower market is set to move to a new home at a £7 million food hub in Stonebridge Business Park.
A report issued to Liverpool City Council’s cabinet is recommending a contract be awarded to Willmott Dixon to build the facility at the Gillmoss site.
The 80,000 sqft development, which will replace the existing market near Edge Lane, will include parking, a café and public toilets.
The new market is designed to compliment other redevelopment projects in the Stonebridge Cross area, including St Modwen’s industrial units and the new £12m Geopost DPD parcel depot.
A further phase of the development will open up opportunities for meat and fish traders to relocate to the business park, according to the council.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, says: “This is a really exciting scheme which I know traders are delighted with.
“The existing market is in a really poor condition and the number of traders has been dwindling for a very long time, so we have been working hard to identify a new site which will put it on a solid footing and enable it to expand in the future.
“We are also confident that we will be able to transfer the popular Sunday market and car boot sale over to the new location. This is all part of our wider aim of driving up the standard and quality of Liverpool’s markets now we’ve taken back control of them.”
Subject to planning permission, work on the new food hub could begin before the end of the year with a view to the market opening by September 2017.