Market House

The business plan submitted to funding organisations proposed the following usage for the Market House. However, the suggestion is only a starting point and further consultation will take place with the local community before any decisions are taken.

Ground level: The open colonnaded ground-level area of the Market House is one of the most important visible features of Ledbury's heritage. It is used to a certain extent for markets but the intention is to enhance and increase that use. Options for the sympathetic installation of a lift are being explored with the key statutory agencies to allow for access for all to the first floor of the Market House, but with the least interference to the ground level area.

Pre-application advice from English Heritage expresses support in principle for the provision of a lift and toilet facilities at the Market House, and considers that the scheme proposed is an appropriate response to the demands of the building and the needs of its users, noting that: "If the building does not provide these facilities, it can be difficult to for it to remain cherished by the local community on whom it depends for its long-term future."

1st Floor: This will become the main heritage centre, freely open to all (both through improved access and by not charging for admission), the starting point for tours (guided and self-guided), and the location of state of the art digital and interactive interpretation materials telling Ledbury's rich history and its story up to the present day. These will be designed and installed in such a way that the space will still be available for use for events in the evenings when appropriate.

Market House