Market Renovation

Improving Lincoln Central Market

The City of Lincoln Council has developed a scheme to redevelop and repurpose the Lincoln Central Market, to enable it to meet the demands of a changing high street and to provide the residents of Lincoln, local businesses and visitors, with an enhanced market offer in the heart of the city centre’s retail area.

The proposals for the Lincoln Central Market aim to rejuvenate the existing market through the wholesale refurbishment of the main market hall and the demolition of the butchers corridor and the construction of a new retail space over ground and first floor to provide a reinterpretation of the current market offer in Lincoln. The new scheme will restore and repurpose this Grade II listed building to create a modern and diversified market offer, combining food, retailing and leisure.

This scheme has been developed by the City Council, its contractors and design team, with guidance and support from Historic England and Lincolnshire County Council to respond to local needs and changing customer trends.  It seeks to dramatically improve the market offer in Lincoln and to significantly improve the visual appearance of this area of the City Centre through the works. The scheme follows the successful regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter and benefits from access links from  the City’s award-winning multi-modal Transport Hub.

The project is a key priority for the Council in supporting the economic recovery and future vibrancy of the High Street in the wake of the Covid pandemic. It has been included within the Town Deal Programme for Lincoln for funding support, subject to the approval of a full business case.

In support of this, the City of Lincoln Council submitted a planning application for the scheme in March 2021. The application was reviewed by the Local Planning Authority, and on the 30th June our Planning Committee granted consent for the Lincoln Central Market redevelopment works. The city council are now pulling together a full business case to secure funding for the project and subject to this being approved, it is expected that works will commence in early 2022.