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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
New market will be 'traditional'
The proposed new look for Norwich Market
The latest designs would not drastically alter the market's look
The refurbishment of an historic market place could finally move forward after futuristic designs were scrapped in favour of a more traditional approach.

The latest designs for Norwich Market were unveiled on Wednesday.

The new scheme would give the area a make-over while retaining a similar layout and the same number of stalls.

Three futuristic designs published in December were criticised for destroying the "character of the market" and cutting stall numbers.

A campaign was started by traders and shoppers to save the market from a complete redesign in favour of a simple refurbishment.

Now Norwich City Council, which is behind the scheme, is giving residents a chance to have their say on the latest designs.

The proposed new look for Norwich Market
A market aisle shown with the roof open (left) and closed (right)
Produced by local architects Michael Innes and Rupert Everett following talks with traders, the new plans would provide a modern version of the current market.

The number of stalls would remain the same, the layout would be similar and the bright colour scheme would be retained.

Stalls can be protected from the weather by a roof over the aisles which could open in fair weather and the aisles would also be better labelled.

The council said existing traders wanting to return after the work would be offered a new lease.

It is hoping work, to be carried out in three phases, will begin in January and be completed by the end of 2005. A planning application will be submitted in August.

One of the previous designs for Norwich Market
Previous designs, such as this, were felt to be too futuristic
Temporary stalls would set up in the streets around the market during the refurbishment.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can visit the council's website. All of the views will then be fed back to the architects and will be included in the planning application.

Council denies market u-turn
28 Jan 04  |  Norfolk
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26 Jan 04  |  Norfolk
New market plans upset traders
19 Dec 03  |  Norfolk

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