Milligan Knight Architects
Hertfordshire based RIBA Chartered Practice
A Place for Everyone

Prescot Market Place

Our vision for Prescot Market Place, Prescot, is to create a valued community space for the residents of the town. Our proposal aims to develop a bustling hub of activity; whether it be a local market, a musical performance or concert, a local theatrical production, an extension to the Shakespeare North or just simply a pleasant place to sit and have lunch.

A Place for Everyone

A Place for Everyone

The canopy roof combines with a new building to accommodate unisex toilets, a small kiosk (for drinks and ice creams), large internal storage area (for chairs, market stalls, equipment etc) and a small multi-functional hall. We envisage the hall to be used by a myriad of community groups for various activities and can be completely opened-up to the exterior space, linking the two together for greater flexibility.

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A Striking Addition

A Striking Addition

Our main design driver is to unify the irregular shape of the site into a coherent whole whilst providing flexible and functional spaces. All of this must be achieved with a design that creates a striking addition to the town of Prescot; something beautiful to look at and inhabit.

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A Folded 'Fan'

A Folded 'Fan'

Our concept is derived from the existing site lines and specifically the retaining walls to the north-east of the site. We sought out a form on plan that would help unify the irregular shaped site, which in turn led to the folded ‘fan’ structure that provides a uniform canopy across the area. This element/component offers covered external multi-functional space that will be used for various activities and events.

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Framing the Context

Framing the Context

The new structure addresses all the surrounding streets as it sweeps around the site inviting people into the market regardless of their approach. Standing at the south-east corner of the site, the war memorial is framed by, and can be seen through, the pitches of the folded roof.

A Timeless Space

A Timeless Space

The design incorporates robust, timeless materials that are practical and durable. They are also contextual, offering a bold yet sensitive addition to the townscape. We strongly believe that our proposal will become a well-loved community space, serving many local groups, festivals and activities.