Bolton Market

Client: Willmott Dixon
Architect: Davis Weatherill
Capital value: £4.5m


Market Background

Bolton Market opened in the 1930s and is one of the UK’s oldest food markets, with many Grade II-listed elements. The refurbishment of the facility was a high-profile and sensitive project locally and the brief was to ensure the market retained its unique and exceptional qualities. The scheme included a full refurbishment of the existing indoor market, with the creation of a new outdoor market and feature entrance.

The Challenges

The redevelopment of Bolton Market’s East Hall comprised the replacement of the existing high level lighting. In collaboration with Willmott Dixon, BCM were tasked with providing a feasibility study on a number of lighting solutions, including LED lighting, undertaking a life cycle cost exercise, and producing a tender specification for the works. The markets fish, meat and veg halls, public toilets and access to the basements for traders remained operational throughout the works, making this a challenging project logistically. 

Benefits / Achievements

Solar photovoltaic panels reduce carbon emissions by 23 tonnes a year and low maintenance LED lighting has reduced the lighting energy consumption considerably. To keep the market in operation during construction the project team suggested re-using second-hand shipping containers. These were so successful that Bolton Market requested all 26 containers were retained on site for reuse and adaption to permanent lettable units, which are now used for start-up businesses. The outcome of BCM’s study suggests a reduction in the market’s carbon footprint and substantial value for money with the use of LED lighting amongst other factors:

  • Carbon saving: 1.3 tonnes per annum
  • Pleasant environment
  • Relatively short payback period of 2-3 years
  • Estimated energy saving of £1620 per annum
  • £2000 - £3000 per annum saving on maintenance