A major regeneration of Hereford’s Buttermarket has moved a step closer following the announcement that Trebor/Wrenbridge will be the preferred development partner to carry out the work which will transform the building into a showcase for locally produced goods and become a “must visit” attraction in Hereford city centre.
Herefordshire Council selected Trebor/Wrenbridge, owing to their excellent track record, professional approach and vision for the development in terms of commercial viability and deliverability.
Importantly, the developers signalled their commitment to the current traders and have vowed that they will be able to continue trading during the refurbishment.
“We’re delighted to have been selected for this important project with our partners at Wrenbridge,” said Bob Tattrie, managing partner of Trebor Developments. ”We look forward to working with the council and existing tenants in delivering this excellent retail redevelopment.”
Peter Jarman, managing director of Wrenbridge Land, added: “The Buttermarket represents an important historic core to Hereford’s central retail area and we are looking forward to developing a scheme which provides market tenants with much improved trading accommodation and creates a vibrant new civic asset for the city.”
The announcement, made by Hereford Futures which commissioned the tender process, means that Trevor/Wrenbridge JV will now work closely with architects Austin-Smith: Lord who were announced in March this year as the winners of a Royal Institute of British Architects competition invited architects to come up with ideas about how the market could be used in a more flexible and multi-functional way that would enhance the retail environment, and provide a long-term sustainable future.
Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, Cllr Adrian Blackshaw, said: “This is a prestigious development right in the heart of the city and we’re delighted to be able to appoint developers of this calibre to carry out the work.
“We want to increase the number of shoppers and visitor to Hereford city centre – a refurbished Buttermarket will complement the development on the old cattle market site with its mixture of leisure and retail outlets to draw people in from across Herefordshire and beyond.
“The Buttermarket has enormous potential located prominently in a perfect city centre location and we can’t wait to work with the current traders to see the building become a real hub for the promotion of local goods and produce,” added Cllr Blackshaw.
“It’s all coming together to create a centre of excellence which will bring a vibrancy and excitement not yet experienced in the city centre,”