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Tender opens for historic Market Place rejuvenation

11:40 am, Monday, 6th November 2023 - 7 months ago


North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has been awarded £18.4m of Levelling Up Funding (LUF) to transform Cleethorpes seafront. This includes three key areas – Market Place, Pier Gardens and Sea Road.

As part of this process, the council has launched a tender for design consultants to play an integral role in the rejuvenation of Cleethorpes’ Market Place.

The rejuvenation will add space for social interaction – reconnecting our busy seafront and town centre – create jobs, and boost the economy. These improvements will re-balance the relationship between traffic and pedestrians, encouraging wider circulation of people through the town. This project will provide a safer, healthier, and more pleasant environment for pedestrians, encouraging a circular route from the seafront through to Market Place and to the town centre. 

Starting in January 2024, the council’s delivery partner Equans and NELC’s project management team will work in partnership with the successful design consultancy to develop designs. Community engagement events will be undertaken with local businesses, the wider community, and residents within the vicinity of Market Place. These events will be designed to generate interest and ideas which will assist with the development of concept designs for Market Place.  Once designs are finalised, a main contractor will be appointed during the summer, with works starting thereafter.

The tender is now open through YORtender for potential applicants and will close on Wednesday 27 November at midday. Please visit the following links for more:

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of the council, said: “The area for regeneration presents a unique opportunity to create spaces that will become an attraction for residents and visitors alike. These are early stages of the development and the Cleethorpes LUF projects will take time, but we are working towards improving the offering of the resort even further to make it an all-year-round destination.”

Meanwhile, work is continuing on the appointment of a design consultant to lead on the regeneration of Pier Gardens.

About the three LUF projects:

The vision is to regenerate three key areas of the resort:

  • Rejuvenate the historic Market Place for social interaction, reconnecting our busy seafront and town centre, creating jobs and boosting the economy. This scheme proposes major improvements to the square and the reintroduction of a functioning historic marketplace. 
  • Redevelop the Sea Road site opposite the Pier to provide a tourism destination. It will include public amenities and a changing places facility, as well as commercially lettable space across all floors of the building, which may include different providers in retail and hospitality. 
  • Regenerate Pier Gardens (an existing linear park stretching from Sea Road to the Memorial Gate), retaining the Victorian heritage and feel, but incorporating various new activities. In the Masterplan consultation, people wanted to see more made of the gardens, with additional seating, planting to increase biodiversity, and improved areas for children’s play, events and performances, and spaces for reflection and contemplation.
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