Liverpool Market Hall Refurbishment

The Client

Liverpool’s St John’s Market Hall’s last major refit was in 1971 making modernisation essential to allow indigenous traders to compete in a modern retail environment. William Coates where appointed to complete all M&E works on behalf of GRAHAM Interior Fit Out for Liverpool City Council.


The renovation, which began in June 2016, seen the historic market grow by a third from 90 to 120stalls. The project was completed over two floors, with 30 new stalls and space for more specialist, pop-up markets like arts, crafts and vintage clothes. Overall construction value on this 30 week project was £2.8m.


In an attempt to update the premises from what was considered a dated, 1970s look , the new market is brighter and sleeker with modern-looking stalls.

Dating back to 1822, St Johns Market’s makeover has gave it a new event space, its first welcome desk as well as a purpose-built food court.

The completed market also allows for:


The location and nature of the works meant that phased implementation was required, as the adjoining St John’s shopping centre remained operational throughout the entire programme. This multi million pound refurbishment was successfully handed over on time on budget.

The Quotes

Ged James (St Johns Market Traders Association) “It’s a huge improvement on the old market.”

Cllr Malcolm Kennedy (Liverpool Council) “St Johns Market has been totally transformed – people will simply not recognise the place”

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