Wynne Construction has started work on a £4.5m scheme after a major contract win from Wrexham County Borough Council.
The project will transform Wrexham's People's Market into a joint arts and market centre.
In a significant development for the town, Wynne will lead on the refurbishment of the building, which will include two galleries, one to national standards for the display of exhibitions and a number of performance spaces. Other features include a Shepherd's Hut (workshop space), new furniture/seating, and signage within the building.
A well-established gallery in the town, Oriel Wrecsam, is also relocating from the Wrexham Library building to a new home inside the People's Market. The revamped centre will also boast an educational area and food court and market stalls.
Chris Wynne, managing director of Wynne Construction, said: "As an established contractor in North Wales, we were really pleased to have been contracted to re-develop an iconic regional attraction.
"We're now using this opportunity to strengthen our existing local supply chain, to ensure that as much of the investment as possible is spent within the regional economy. We will also involve the local community and key stakeholders in delivering a range of community benefits in support of the investment into the project."
Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member for communities and partnerships, said: "It is great that work is starting on this key investment into the town centre. I am very pleased that traders are happy with the arrangements we have put in place for them to continue to trade during the construction period.
"I know it has caused them some disruption, but I am confident the end result will meet their expectations when the development is completed. We will be keeping them informed of progress as the works take place over the next 12 months."
Wynne Construction will be working in partnership the Arts Council of Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council and the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Programme.
Our Design Manager, Andy Garner and Contracts Manager Graham Dickson attended the launch ceremony.
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