Towns Fund Projects

4. Cornhill Market

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City of Lincoln Council

Project Description

This project restored and repurposed the Grade II listed Cornhill Market building (previously known as Central Market) within Lincoln City Centre to create a modern and diversified market offer, combining retail, food, leisure and technology. The scheme's aim was to create an ‘anchor destination’ with the Cornhill Quarter, which is emerging as a prime leisure and retail area, directly served by the City’s multi-modal Transport Hub. 

The primary objective of the proposals for Cornhill Market is to deliver a much more commercially viable and sustainable space to be utilised for a range of commercial uses which will meet the changing demands for a city centre from consumers and businesses, stimulate new and different types of economic activity, supporting the economic recovery of the city centre and attracting investment to the city centre.  

The opportunity is therefore to establish Cornhill Market as a place of destination in its own right and generate significant additional footfall in the city centre. Successful markets across the country have demonstrated the significant positive impacts which the creation of a destination market offer can bring to a town or city centre. 

Officially opening on 17 May 2024, Cornhill Market is now home to more than 20 traders with a diverse range of stalls selling a range of produce from fruit and vegetables to watches, and embroidery to plants. Funding from the Be Lincoln Town Deal, City of Lincoln Council, and Historic England, and construction work provided by Lindum have supported the following aspects:

  • original 500m2 glazed roof replaced with specially-built glazed lantern replica
  • 40 bespoke timber market stalls built by Lindum Joinery Division in covered market hall
  • tiled flooring in hall
  • new mezzanine level
  • blind stone arches on the north and east elevations opened up and windows for natural light installed
  • two-storey 6,145 sq ft extension housing 218-cover Turtle Bay restaurant (and rum bar with rooftop terrace), opened September 2023 with 35 jobs created
  • unisex toilets including disabled and baby changing facilities
  • new paving to City Square and Sincil Street, connecting the market to the outside spaces
  • new heating and lighting
  • original market façade, signs and clock being retained

Total project cost: £8,750,587.51 

Town Deal funding: £5,900,000 

To view the outcomes of this project, please see the downloads section of the website.
Market before and after comparison

Market before and after comparison

Market before and after comparison

Market before and after comparison

Lincoln Market Public Engagement Survey Results February 2021

The City of Lincoln Council carried out a wide-ranging public engagement survey with local residents and businesses, market traders and key stakeholders between the 8th and the 22nd February 2021, receiving over 700 responses.

This report explains and summarises the results of this consultation and engagement with the public for the redevelopment of the Lincoln Central Market building and City Square.

This report provides a detailed analysis of the survey results and illustrates some of the key outcomes of the survey. 

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