Northampton’s Fishmarket has been completely demolished

Fishmarket demolition
Fishmarket demolition

The last remains of Northampton’s Fishmarket have been demolished to make way for the town’s new bus station.

The final sections of the 1930s building in Sheep Street came down on Friday morning, just three weeks after demolition on the site began.

Work will now be carried out to clear the site before construction of the new bus station begins.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “It is now much easier to visualise how the new Northampton bus station will sit within this site.

“Work is on schedule and I’m looking forward to seeing this fantastic facility open to the public next spring.”

The Fishmarket was built in 1939 and had its heyday between the 1950s and 1970s when there were more than 50 stalls trading.

It closed in 2006 after the number of stalls fell drastically and the council revealed it was spending £73,000 a year just to keep the building open.

It then had a new lease of life as an art gallery and was visited by Prince Charles in 2007.

Plans for the bus station were first revealed in April last year.

They show it will be a modern,angular,glass structure with a self-cleaning glass roof.

On the site will be 12 bus bays and in the new bus station will be ticket facilities, toilets,a cafe and shops.

Seven bus bays will also be located in The Drapery and two more in BradshawStreet.

As part of the development, two dilapidated shops next to the old Fishmarket will be restored.

The majority of funding for the development,£4 million,has come from the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.

Northampton Borough Council has also given £3 million to the project and the county council has contributed £600,000.