Bury Market Flexi Hall


A low carbon design to secure the future of the best market in Britain.

Voted Britain’s favourite market in 2019 and 2022, Bury Market is a beloved local institution with a long, rich history. It plays a key role in the local economy, providing hundreds of jobs and serving a loyal customer base. It is a particularly important resource for the elderly and those living in deprived neighbourhoods.

Times have changed since it was last refurbished in 1999, and with the rise in online shopping and large international retailers, the market needs investment to secure its long term future.


Retail, Mixed Use


Bury Council


Bury Council has secured £20 million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support its ambitious project to transform the market. The plans include improvements to the existing market hall and public realm, plus the creation of a brand new flexi hall – a multipurpose venue providing leisure, events and enterprise space to complement the current market offering. Co-working and pop-up spaces aim to attract younger people to the market by offering space for young businesses to grow, whilst the large event space will accommodate live performances, cultural and community events.

Crookes Walker were appointed to provide the M&E design for the new flexi hall, which includes a flexible events space, shell and core fit out of a bar / restaurant area and office and meeting spaces on the first floor. Bury council’s plan is to become carbon neutral by 2038, so in line with that aim, the flexi hall employs a range of low carbon technologies.

Meeting the Sustainability Targets

CWC have worked closely with Just H Architects to develop the energy efficient building fabric which is crucial to achieving a low energy design. The variable occupancy levels demand a flexible approach to heating and cooling, which has been achieved through a mix of natural and mechanical ventilation and a centralised building management system, giving a high level of control to staff on site.

Low level louvres for natural ventilation include heating coils to temper the incoming fresh air, filters to reduce incoming contaminants and acoustic baffles to control noise breakout.

Further key elements of the low carbon design include high efficiency heat recovery units, air source heat pumps providing the majority of the heating and PV panels on the roof.

The project secured planning permisson in September 2023.

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