Leicester Markets Redevelopment


  • Commercial
  • Infrastructure


Leicester City Council

Sanderson Watts Associates were commissioned by Leicester City Council (LCC) in collaboration with Faithful and Gould as Civil & Structural design Consultants for the proposed regeneration of the historic Leicester Market under the SCAPE Framework.

The project involved the construction of a new indoor meat and fish market hall adjacent an existing Grade II listed corn exchange building as well as the refurbishment of a number of existing structures which surround the site.

The new food hall building was the focal point of the new development and consisted of a free-standing hybrid timber and steelwork structure with full height glazing on the three exposed sides of the building. The diaphragm roof structure was integral to structural stability and comprised of a double skin insulated timber plywood panels, externally clad with zinc plating, supported by a series of 24m spanning curved glulam roof rafters.

Particular attention was given to a glazed roof canopy cantilevering out from the east side of the building, which abuts the west side of the existing Grade 2 listed Corn Exchange building and the structural interfaces and differential movements along this line.

From a tenant’s perspective, the ground floor construction consists of a concrete ground-bearing slab with terrazzo floor finishes for high durability and low maintenance with additional drainage provision for cleaning the market stalls.

Services Provided

  • Specification of sensitive ground remediation works
  • Substructure designs inc piled foundations and ground bearing slabs
  • Structural design of hybrid steel & timber frame
  • Complex temporary works designs for superstructure installation
  • Substantiation of existing basement structures
  • Dilapidation monitoring of adjacent Grade II listed corn exchange
  • Drainage & external works designs including build over agreements