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  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure initial concept sketch

    early concept sketch of street furniture for the market

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure concept model

    scale model of the infrastructure concept

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure landscaping masterplan

    market stalls integrated into the landscaping masterplan

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure canopy design

    retractable canopy design with folding tables

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market prototype folding tables

    prototypes of the folding steel tables

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure prototype

    new canopies along side the old stalls

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme street market infrastructure retracted canopies

    canopies retracted into the boom

Newcastle-under-Lyme market infrastructure

Following a competition arranged by the Staffordshire initiative, Different by Design, we were appointed by Newcastle Borough Council to design a new infrastructure for the town’s 800 year-old daily market. Intended to create a focal point on the High Street both during and outside of trading hours, the concept also aimed to give better all-weather protection to the traders and customers.

The scheme for around 70 pitches was developed in conjunction with a landscaping scheme by local architects Christopher Taylor Design. Each pitch has a robust steel table that can be folded and locked at night, and a generous awning that retracts into a high level boom with lighting. The infrastructure was prototyped and trialled on site, however implementation was shelved in the current economic climate.

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