New market gets structural steel from near neighbour

Rob Waltham

Forty tonnes of British Steel steel sections are being used in a £4m refurbishment of Scunthorpe’s market almost within sight of where they were made.

All three floors of the former BHS store in Scunthorpe town centre are being renovated to house the new St John’s Market, due to open in spring.

British Steel sections that have been made and rolled at the plant in Scunthorpe are helping to create 62 stall units.

Contractors started on site at the end of September and since then the strip out has been completed, drainage works are ongoing, internal walls are being built, steel frames are being erected and a new service yard is being installed.

St John’s Market forms part of ambitious plans to transform the Scunthorpe town centre with a business led £60m regeneration project.

The indoor market is creating new life, construction jobs and training opportunities in the town centre.

There will be a seamless transition with traders continuing to operate from the current site until the new indoor market opens.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Work is progressing well on the new St John’s Market. Being able to use British Steel from the Scunthorpe plant was a real priority for us as we are committed to supporting as many businesses as possible in our area; not only to help them grow but to develop the local economy.

“I am positive that St John’s Market will be a success in its prominent location in Scunthorpe town centre next to the bus station and multi-storey car park, which along with other car parks, offers free car parking. It is fantastic that nearly 90 per cent of stalls have been taken up already from both current traders on Scunthorpe Market and new traders. There is going to be a real mix of stalls that will ensure it is a vibrant and modern market.”

Richard Farnsworth, British Steel’s MD Construction, said: “It’s fantastic to be working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and we’re delighted they’re continuing to support our business and our employees.

“We recently supplied steel into the council’s redevelopment of Church Square and this is another great example of the council supporting the Government’s public procurement guidance on steel.”