The high profile building was established in 1857 and was the birth place of Marks and Spencer. The project objectives were to create a modern vibrant market and bring it into the 21st century by improving the look and feel, and making better use of the areas available.
Interserve’s work has significantly improved the market and increased footfall. Achieved by bringing the fresh produce stalls together, building a new ‘blockshop’ to complete the market’s lost symmetry and forming a new contemporary social and events covered daily market. Whilst the works have provided new and refurbished areas which make a big visual impact, some of the biggest changes were to the building’s infrastructure. The project team safely removed asbestos, repaired the roof, improved ventilation, and installed a new sprinkler system and drainage.
Embracing construction best practice
The logistically complex and listed market environment presented a number of challenges that Interserve embraced and is proud to have found solutions for. It was a live Grade 1 listed heritage refurbishment in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the UK. The project team developed an efficient programme to minimise disruption and deliver the works over 77 weeks and five phases. All phases were handed over on time, ensuring business as usual for the traders.
Using Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Although there was no contractual requirement for Level 2 BIM Interserve recognised the benefits to aid the design and construction including: how the new ‘blockshop’ would fit inside the Grade 1 listed building; co-ordination and clash detection of structural design; logistics and temporary works planning. The 3D images also helped tenants visualise their new stalls and aid their fit-out planning.
Employment and skills
Interserve successfully implemented an employment and skills plan to create 7 additional local jobs, 6 new apprenticeships and 180 apprentice training weeks. 73% of subcontracts were placed within a 50 mile radius of site.
Interserve invested time in the local community including organising and funding Leeds City Council ‘Light Night’ events in the market two years running and outreach in local primary schools. In addition to the works Interserve left a lasting legacy in the market commissioning the new the Nicolas Dixon artwork and contributed £10,000 to the YORbuild framework 4GOODFund which issues grants to regional community projects.