Described as the “most exciting project in Wrexham in 20 years”, the £4.5 million Tŷ Pawb development aims to bring together the community, markets and the arts across two floors.
Work on the redevelopment of the former Peoples Market started early in 2017, with completion set for early spring 2018.
A lot has changed since our first tour in August 2017 which was not long after the destruction phase had completed, with work now quite far advanced in building out the new space.
Now with less than 100 days until the grand opening of Tŷ Pawb on Monday 2nd April 2018, took we a tour around the site to see the progress made and how the new development is shaping up.
You can view our latest video below, with our earlier videos at the bottom of this article…
The ground floor is where the heart of the new development is, bringing together market stalls, eating space, two galleries and a versatile performance space.
In total there are more than 20 stalls in the main market hall – the first things visitors will see if they enter the building through the South Arcade. A shop for the Oriel Wrecsam will also be created in the coming months.
Three units have also been created near the entrance from the Market Street car park, which will eventually house eateries. We’ve were told there had been a lot of local interest in businesses in the food section in particular.
Right outside the food area will be seating and tables, which have been created by Manchester based designer Tim Denton with the help of various local groups and students.
Since our last visit two gallery spaces have been installed, along with a multi-use space for performances and the like.
There is also a handmade Shepherd’s Hut, which was created as part of an art programme with young people in Caia Park. We’re told that the space could be used as meeting space or even for intimate events!
Upstairs is the creation of office and community space, with a new bridge being an addition to the building due to a large chunk of floor being removed, creating extra light inside what was a very dark structure.
As readers of Wrexham.com will be aware, exterior changes to the building have already begun, with painting taking place over the past few weeks over the brickwork.
A large chunk of the building on the Market Street side has also been removed, with glass due to be installed in the new year. This will become the main entrance to the building and aims to be a focal point of Tŷ Pawb.
You can view the video of our visit in early August below:
For those wanting to see the Peoples Market as a reminder to what the space used to look like, here is our video of the final ever close up of that market: