The historic Scarborough market has completed an extensive renovation to secure its future.

10th May 2017

The historic Scarborough market has completed an extensive renovation to secure its future. Esh Build undertook the £2.7m project on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council with funding support from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) wanted to rejuvenate the Market Hall building to develop employment and enterprise opportunities and provide a shopping and community meeting experience relevant to the 21stcentuary.

This Grade II listed building was constructed in the 1830’s to replace the overflowing market area. The project involved significant refurbishment of the market as it had been subject to many years of deterioration. Inside the market the main fabric and superstructure remained in good order. However, the stalls were not constructed in a consistent manner, resulting in considerable variation in quality and a somewhat jumbled aesthetic. There was need to refurbish the building to create a more modern and ordered aesthetic community focused space, which would encourage new businesses and long standing existing traders to grow and succeed. Whilst encouraging the development of the surrounding commerce and local residential area.

There was considerable opportunity to take the Market Hall forward as there is an increased demand especially for the food operators as their provenance is strong and largely supplied from the region. Furthermore, with the enthusiasm and increasing vitality of shop local campaigns, an increasing number of c
onscientious shoppers are now using the facility.

David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council Regeneration Manager said upon the opening of the market:

“We are absolutely delighted that the ambitious programme of transformation we set out to achieve has been realised. It has resulted in an impressive retail destination with high specification units for businesses, a lovely environment for customers and a diverse, welcoming space to bring the whole community together. It also marks the start of the regeneration of that part of the town center, which we hope to see continue and play an active part in throughout the coming years. I’d like to thank the existing businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout the refurbishment and extend a warm welcome to the new businesses joining us at the start of this exciting new chapter. We look forward to working with them all to ensure that Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults grows from strength to strength.”

There was a considerable amount of underutilised space within the building with the opportunity to install a mezzanine floor. The major challenge for the team delivering this prestigious project was that the building had to remain trading and open to the public throughout the works. This was achieved by all stakeholders actively coordinating and agreeing logistics and phasing sequences prior to and during the delivery period.


The extensive redevelopment of Scarborough’s historic market will play an important part in the future of the town’s long-term vision. The work was undertaken sympathetically to allow tenants to trade throughout the project. The new market is a great destination for tourists and locals all year round.

- Stuart Leslie, Divisional Director at Esh

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