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Published on 14 February 2018

Work set to start on Market Walk shopping centre refurbishment

Teignbridge District Council has awarded the contract to refurbish Newton Abbot’s Market Walk shopping centre to South West construction company Classic Builders.

Today’s announcement heralds a new beginning for the shopping centre acquired by the council in its biggest ever deal in 2016.

The work is set to transform the look and feel of Market Walk shopping centre, making it brighter and lighter for an enhanced shopping experience that will attract locals and visitors to the heart of the town.  Work starts on 19 February and will last eight months.

In September 2017, Teignbridge’s Full Council approved a major investment package for Market Walk shopping centre. Councillors unanimously supported the £2million upgrade scheme which will modernise the shopping centre and create an open and spacious place to visit and shop.

Following a competitive tender process, Teignbridge awarded the contract to Classic Builders, a private construction company with offices in Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall. Classic Builders have previously worked on large commercial projects at Buckfast Abbey and retail refurbishments at Plymouth City Council.

Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Teignbridge District Council’s Leader said:

“These are exciting times and the work on Market Walk represents a new dawn for Newton Abbot. As a council we are committed to delivering great places to live, work and visit and this project demonstrates there’s a bright future for our principal town in Teignbridge and its community.

“The transformation of the shopping centre, from start to finish, will be a quick process and that includes the glass roof which will be complete well before the end of the year. This project will truly transform the retail centre at the heart of Newton Abbot and we hope will provide a catalyst for other exciting improvements in the pipeline, including improved car parking options for the town centre.”

Work on Market Walk will see the removal of the existing concrete entrance structure at Courtenay Street while existing shop fronts will be transformed with a range of colours and materials for added distinction. To allow more natural light in and create an open feeling, a glass roof will run from Courtenay Street to Market Street alongside glass roofs for shops facing onto Market Square.

During the work all shops in Market Walk will remain open for business along with public access to the market and Market Square, but inevitably due to the large scale nature of the work there will be some disruption. This will be kept to a minimum through phasing of the project with certain work, including necessary demolition, planned for out of hours to ensure public safety.

Adam Brimacombe, Director at Classic Builders, said:

“As a South West business we are proud to have been awarded this contract for the Market Walk refurbishment. We look forward to working with Teignbridge on this project and creating an environment which will modernise the centre and create a spacious place to visit and shop.”

In 2016, the £13 million acquisition of Newton Abbot’s Market Walk shopping centre was the largest investment in Teignbridge‘s history and gave Teignbridge a greater ability to positively influence the future development of Newton Abbot’s central shopping district as well as regular and reliable source of income.