Cornhill Market

Client Name

City of Lincoln Council




92 Weeks



Project Overview

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Lindum was appointed to carry out the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II Listed 1930s Cornhill Market and adjacent public realm space.

We joined the scheme at RIBA stage 3 and key features of the project included:

  • original 500m2 glazed roof replaced with specially-built replica
  • 40 bespoke timber market stalls built by Lindum Joinery Division in covered market hall
  • tiled flooring in hall
  • new mezzanine
  • entire glass roof replaced with glazed lantern
  • blind stone arches on the north and east elevations opened up and windows for natural light installed
  • two-storey 6,145 sq ft extension housing 218-cover Turtle Bay restaurant (and rum bar with rooftop terrace), opened September 2023 with 35 jobs created
  • unisex toilets including disabled and baby changing facilities
  • new paving to City Square and Sincil Street
  • new heating and lighting
  • designed using BIM
  • original market façade, signs and clock being retained
  • funded by £5.9m from Government’s Be Lincoln Town Deal plus £918,000 from Historic England through High Street Heritage Action Zone.

We began by completely stripping out the old market stalls and floors.

Blind arches had their stonework removed to be replaced with windows to create a more open and light space.

The project progressed with the installation of a replica 500m2 glazed roof – completely identical to the original to maintain the building’s heritage – pre-made in sections and assembled on site by Roofglaze, St Neots .

Once the building was fully watertight, we put up the internal walls, including the electricals and water pipes, and plastering. The main floors in the market were also tiled, ready to receive the new timber stalls.

The regeneration project also included the demolition of the old butcher’s corridor and the construction of a new two-storey extension incorporating Turtle Bay. Our specialist roofing division KGM installed 350,000 m2 of flat roofing on the extension.

The project is part of the government’s Be Lincoln Town Deal, a £19 million investment plan in which City of Lincoln Council has received funding to support the growth and development of the city.

City of Lincoln Council used the PAGABO Medium Works framework to procure the work.