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Leeds City Council


Interserve Construction Limited



Kirkgate Market Refurbishment

A high profile project to redevelop the Grade 1 listed Kirkgate Market and provide a vibrant shopping experience in the heart of the city

Interserve was appointed as the delivery partner through the YORbuild construction framework, and worked with all stakeholders from the buildability stage to improve, refurbish and future proof the historic building


The phased works provide newly refurbished areas which look visibly different, however some of the biggest changes were to the building’s infrastructure. Repairs were made to the roof, a new sprinkler system was installed and 620 metres of new drainage channels were put in place. The market has been re-organised and renovated with the fresh produce stalls brought together, a new route provided through the market, improved signage and upgraded entrances. An exciting new street food and events space has been introduced with seating for up to 100 people

Listed building

The drainage works involved lifting every single one of the original Yorkshire stone paving flags, numbering them, cleaning them and putting them back exactly where they came from. Historic England visited the Market to review the heritage features that were uncovered, including a medieval well, original shop signs and historic columns. They advised on which of these features
it was necessary to preserve and alternative ways of completing the works while avoid damage or adverse affect on any of the history of the building

Live environment

One of the key project objectives was to ensure business as usual for the traders, and that the public were aware the market was trading as normal. We achieved 100% segregation of all work areas and implemented an effective traffic management plan which ensured public safety at all times. The project was finished without any reported accidents or incidents


BIM was used for visualisation, buildability and temporary works coordination. Its use also benefited the project logistics

Social value

An employment and skills plan was implemented to create a number of additional local jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities. The contractor also supported Leeds City Council with significant community engagement, initiatives and outputs including:

  • 76% of subcontracts placed locally
  • 96% of waste recycled
  • Sponsorship of local events including the Handmade in Yorkshire food and craft festival and Light Night Leeds multi-arts and light festival
  • Conservation graduate placement, supporting a research project
  • Engagement with three schools