The construction of the new Preston Markets is progressing on schedule, council chiefs have reported.
Market traders, residents, contractors and councillors are now pleased to see the completion date edging ever closer.
“If you haven’t yet had a chance to see the progress, take a look through the viewing windows located at the top and bottom of the 1875 market canopy or from the Upper Market balcony".
Target date for opening is Monday December 4.
Installation of the steel structure was finished in July.
The completion of this stage formed the skeleton of the building with the new Market Hall now beginning to take shape. Since then ducting for services and drainage works have been completed.
This was a major piece of work due to the complexity of the service provisions required for each stall.
Completion of this has enabled the pouring of concrete for the floors.
The next key stage in the build is the arrival and installation of the glazed curtain walling during August – an exciting milestone in the project.
Market traders have been kept fully up to date on the project and have also been to look around the site with contractors Conlon.
All looks good for the covered market hall and the box market to be completed on time.
But that could alter if any unexpected delays take place.
Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “I am pleased to announce that we are on target for the opening of the new Market Hall before Christmas.