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Fish Market Hall at New Smithfield Market

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"Russell WBHO employs a ‘one-team’ collaborative approach, bringing together in-house expertise, sub-contractors, suppliers, partner professionals, our clients and their representatives to deliver consistently successful projects."
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Location: Openshaw, Manchester
  • Client: Manchester City Council
  • Contract: PSPC 4 Updated 2011 Revision 1
  • Completion: March 2016
  • Architect: GDLodge Architects

The Challenge

Revamp part of the region’s biggest wholesale market. Russell WBHO was awarded the contract to build a new £4.2m fish market hall at New Smithfield Market in Openshaw by Manchester City Council.

Fish Market Hall at New Smithfield Market

The project, designed by GDLodge architects, included the construction of a new 37,670 sq ft portal-framed building, comprising 10 joined but separate units for tenants, as well as loading areas, specialist chiller and freezer rooms, and ancillary office space.

The work was carried out while the market remained open to the public and traders continued to operate in the existing fish market building. Russell WBHO also demolished the old building and used the space to create new car parking and circulation areas.

Each of the new units was tailored to meet the individual needs of the traders, so the size, layout, floors, drainage and partitions all differ, as do the temperature requirements. As the fish is delivered fresh every morning and is packed in salt, the floors and drainage are particularly important to ensure that the salt is properly washed away to avoid corrosion.

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