A glimpse into Sneinton Market’s creative future

Sneinton Market Graphics

As work begins to transform Sneinton Market into a focal point for Nottingham’s emerging creative sector, new graphics have been installed at the site depicting the importance of the market’s past, present and future.

As work begins to transform Sneinton Market into a focal point for Nottingham’s emerging creative sector, new graphics have been installed at the site depicting the importance of the market’s past, present and future.

Commissioned by the Creative Quarter and designed by local artist and illustrator Katie Abey, 19 colourful panels have been installed on Gelding Street which show how the site has developed over the years and moves on to reflect the current and future diversity of the area.

Katie Abey: “This is a fantastic new chapter for the market and it was so much fun to create a design for the hoardings that celebrates Sneinton’s past, present and future and conveys the exciting local creativity.”

Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive Officer at the Creative Quarter said: “The hoardings look fantastic and tell the story of Sneinton Market, reflecting the creative businesses already here, as well as the creativity which will bring the market back to life when the Avenue A to C buildings refurbishment is complete at the end of 2015.”

Redevelopment plans for the site include the refurbishment of the units along three of the avenues into workshops and studios for use by creative enterprises, helping to establish the area as a vibrant creative business community and revitalise the areas as a visitor destination.

Leader of Nottingham City Council, Councillor Jon Collins said, “The new graphics are a great way to inform visitors and the local community about the refurbishment in a creative and visual way.

“This is a very exciting time for Sneinton as the regeneration work rejuvenates an important part of the city’s heritage, attracting new businesses and visitors to the area, helping to boost the local economy and creating new job opportunities”.

Wates have been appointed by Nottingham City Council to refurbish three of the five ‘avenues’ at Sneinton Market. Funding for the project came through a £2.44m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant and a further £1.45m from the City Council.

Work at the site started in October and is due to be completed at the end of 2015.

The redevelopment of Sneinton Market forms part of a broader programme of regeneration activity to Build a Better Nottingham, which currently also includes work to improve the public realm in the Creative Quarter, more than £750m worth of investment in transport infrastructure across Nottingham and the biggest council home building programme in the city in 40 years with more than 450 new council homes being built across the city.

The Downtown (Sneinton Market) project is part financed by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme (2007 to 2013), which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

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