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Kirkgate Market

To address problems with the condition of the building and ensure future success, IBI Group was retained as Lead Designer for the refurbishment of the iconic Kirkgate Market. First established in 1857, Kirkgate Market is of significant local and historical importance being Grade 1 listed, and is home to some of the most characterful traders in the city, including the very first Marks and Spencer’s.

Leeds City Council & Interserve Construction
Leeds, UK
2016 Completed

Attracting more than 35,000 shoppers per week, Kirkgate Market is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe and one of the most important heritage buildings in Leeds. As the heart of the Leeds retail scene since 1857, action was required to address problems with the condition of the building and to ensure future success as a modern, vibrant market. IBI Group was contracted as Lead Designer for the refurbishment of the market.

The overall design involved relocation of traders, creation of temporary facilities, re-planned indoor/outdoor stall layouts, phased construction and working with a range of existing structures, both historic and modern steel frames.

Close liaison with market management ensured key market aspirations were achieved within the concept design and approved budgets, including flexibility; improved integration with the surrounding retail context; attraction of a wider demographic; a modern, future-proofed trading environment that respects the historical context; and the need to maintain trading throughout redevelopment.

The scheme design provides a modernized market that will connect new retailing environments and maintain its position as a key feature of the city centre.

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Seamus Lennon

Studio Principal
Manchester, UK

Manchester, UK

Studio Principal of our Manchester office, architect Seamus Lennon establishes innovative design strategies and solutions across residential, cultural, commercial and urban design sectors in the UK and Europe. He is currently Project Director for the award-winning £180m ‘The Glass Works’ Barnsley leisure and retail project, and has led a number of multi-award winning and extensively published projects including the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxfordshire; the New Art Exchange, Nottingham; and the Sterling Prize shortlisted Park Hill in Sheffield. Seamus has also been invited to teach and lecture at a number of leading architecture schools in the UK, including an ongoing relationship with the University of Ulster in Belfast.