Market Hall opens doors for public tours

Anglesey County Council

A unique look at the £4 million revamp of Holyhead’s Market Hall is being offered to the public.

Special guided tours will be held next Friday to mark Heritage Open Day as work continues on transforming the 19th century civic building into a library, information and enterprise hub.

Constructors began restoration work on the market hall in January, over seventeen years since it was last used as a fruit and vegetable shop. It was later described by CADW as the most dilapidated civic building in Wales.

Last year, the Welsh Government allowed a compulsory purchase order from Anglesey Council to go ahead after the site’s former owner failed to ensure repairs were carried out.

Councillor Meirion Jones, the cabinet member for libraries and culture, said: ”Considerable progress has been made in the past eight months to remodel the former Market Hall to provide it with a long term sustainable future, as the town’s new Library and Enterprise Hub. The Heritage Open Day will give the community with a great opportunity to see the progress made as the project moves towards its completion date in summer 2018.”

Council staff will lead a series of 45-minute tours throughout the day with workers from Kinmel-Bay based Grosvenor Construction offering demonstrations of traditional skills used on the building, including roofing, slate work and stone masonry.

Grosvenor director Rory Moore said: ”We are proud to be working on such an iconic building, right at the heart of Holyhead. The Market Hall is all about the community which makes it all the more pleasing that we will be able to invite them into the hall to reveal progress.”

Tours run from 9.30pm with the last starting at 4.30pm – booking is necessary because of the limited number of timeslots. To book, e-mail markethall@anglesey.gov.uk or call 01248 752 407.