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Published on 17 January 2018

Market Hall and Alexandra Cinemas get fresh new look

Scaffolding has gone up as planned improvements to Market Hall and the Alexandra Cinemas get underway this week.

Teignbridge is carrying out some maintenance work on the buildings including some repointing and cleaning stonework; window frame, gutter and downpipe repairs and repainting the outside of the historic 'Alex' and Market Hall - with the aim of maintaining the buildings for future generations.

As each section is completed, the scaffolding will be taken down. Depending on the weather, it’s hoped work will be done by April.

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

“On the back of a fantastic Christmas for Newton Abbot, we’re getting on with some planned improvements to Market Hall and the Alexandra Cinemas. The people carrying out the work are very conscious of keeping disruption to a minimum and we just ask that people are a little patient while work is carried out.

“Looking more widely, this shows our commitment to the future of Newton Abbot and we will soon start on our £2million upgrade to Market Walk Shopping Centre. We are on the road to delivering a brighter, more modern Newton Abbot where new businesses want to be and established ones can grow.

“If you’ve not visited Newton Abbot in a while, please come and see what it has to offer, especially our markets. The town is very much open for business!”

In 2016 Teignbridge acquired Market Walk shopping centre in a £13million deal – the largest in the council’s history. In 2017 steps have been taken to brighten the centre up and business start-ups were offered short term lets to run their own ‘pop-up’ shops.

Last September councillors unanimously supported a £2million upgrade scheme to modernise the shopping centre and create an open airy and spacious place.

The proposals were the beginning of a series of immediate improvements to brighten the look and feel of Market Walk with further works phased over the next 2-3 years.

The redesign involves re-cladding shop units, removing concrete canopies and replacing with a larger glazed canopy. The aim is to strengthen the connection between the markets, Market Walk and Courtenay Street creating a centrepiece for the town.

Work is scheduled to start in February and is expected to last for nine months. Construction will take place in phases to minimise disruption.