The brand new look Southport Market is on course to open its doors this summer, thanks to the hard work of Sefton Council and its partners.
Finishing touches are being applied to the iconic market space as it undergoes a major transformation into a leading food, drinks and events space that will boost the local economic and tourism sectors.
The latest behind the scenes images have been revealed showing the incredible work by project contractors Medlock to change the interior of the building. Work will soon commence on applying the finer details to the market’s aesthetic, combining key elements of Southport’s heritage with a modern and sleek events space. External funding from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Southport Town Deal acceleration fund has been secured making the scheme possible. The £1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan for Southport, will see 10 new locally based food units and a feature bar installed. This will be supported by a flexible events area able to host high-quality markets along with other events.
Southport Market will also include a Changing Places space which is a fully accessible toilet and changing facility for people with disability needs. Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It is incredible to see all our hard work nearing completion and I cannot wait to see the Market open for everyone to enjoy. Southport Market is an iconic location and one of considerable historic importance to the resort, which is why we have ensured the space is brimming with local touches and influences. Our amazing tourism team have been hard at work with The Atkinson to source old images of Southport to be used throughout the market, as well as local sign writer Graham Booth to design some of the internal signage. Sefton’s tourism offer is incredibly diverse, exciting and vibrant and this Tourism Week is more important than ever before to showcase how vital a role tourism will play in our economic recovery following the pandemic.”
Once complete it is hoped the revitalised market will act as an enabler for Southport, and forms early plans of an ambitious regeneration programme for the town following the success of the £37.5 Southport Town Deal bid.