South West Wales

£1.9m makeover for Swansea market

Swansea market
Image caption Work will begin in January although it is hoped that access to the market will remain unaffected

Swansea's indoor market is to get a new £1.9m roof as part of on-going attempts to rejuvenate the city centre.

The work will see the distinctive barrel vault ceiling replaced and the large gable ends re-glazed.

It follows a survey of stall holders which revealed that the state of the leaky roof was the single biggest factor preventing more shoppers into the market.

Work will begin in January to avoid disruption to the Christmas trade.

However, it is hoped that access to the market will remain unaffected throughout the six-month project.

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Media captionIt is hoped that access to the market will remain unaffected throughout the six-month project.

Swansea council cabinet member for enterprise, Coun Robert Francis-Davies, said: "The market roof hasn't been refurbished for many years and is no longer fit for purpose so these essential works are needed to preserve the future of one of the city centre's crown jewels.

"This project is just the start because we're already seeking additional funding for other improvements that will further boost the market's look and feel in future.

"The market will be at the heart of our plans to breathe new life into the city centre."

The roof was put in place in 1961 when the market was rebuilt although the original building dated back to 1880.

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