Preston Markets boost for the local economy

16 December 2016

Preston based Conlon Construction Ltd. has won the race to build the city’s new market.

In yet another multi-million pound boost for the Preston economy, Conlon Construction will start work on building the new market early in the New Year.

Beating strong competition from a short-list of nine national and local firms, Conlon Construction were chosen due to the calibre and quality of their work, the excellent value of the tender as well as their commitment to the Preston economy.

Welcoming the appointment of Conlon Construction to build Preston’s new market, Councillor Peter Rankin – Leader of the Council said:

“Markets Quarter is Preston City Council’s flagship project and we are delighted to appoint Conlon Construction to build the city’s new market. Conlon Construction are not only great at what they do they truly care about the people they employ and work with. Conlon are a progressive company who pay the living wage and they have a deep commitment to Preston. Building the new market is a great way for Preston to start 2017 – a year which promises to be incredibly exciting for Preston.”

Councillor Robert Boswell – Cabinet Member for Environment added:

“We made a cast iron commitment to invest in Preston Market and so we are thrilled that we are now going to build a new, unique and special market for Preston. By appointing Conlon Construction we are also keeping the Preston pound in Preston.  This is exactly what the market is about – supporting local traders and buying quality local produce.”

Sam Livesey – Chairman of the Preston Market Traders Association said:

“This is a huge moment for us as market traders. We’ve been waiting patiently over a number of years to get to this point but credit where credit due – it’s happening now.  The new Market will be a fantastic attraction for Preston with great products, a great atmosphere and great prices!  We can’t wait and want to move into the new market as soon as we can!”

Ellen Young – the longest serving market trader at Preston Market added:

“I’ve worked on Preston Market for over 50 years. After being involved with the scheme for quite a few years it's good to see it finally happening, especially after all the hard work put in by everyone concerned. It’s just what Preston needs, a city centre with a new lease of life. Bring it on!”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction added: “We’re thrilled to be working at the heart of the community and delivering a programme of works that will revive Preston Markets. We also have a family connection to the scheme as my brother Neil spent his weekends there selling fruit and vegetables for four years when he was young.

“Preston has transformed from a small market town and this project will bring the new market in-line with its city status and attract new visitors as well as make a great space for traders.”

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