Project

Birmingham Wholesale Market

Birmingham Wholesale Market

Birmingham’s Wholesale Market is the largest integrated market in the UK and one of the largest in Europe with 235 trading units totalling 31,000m2.


Brief

The Wholesale Market includes horticultural, meat, fish and poultry markets, as well as warehouses and ancillary accommodation and provides fresh produce to restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets and local retailers across the Midlands and Wales.

It has been located on it’s current site, just south of the Bull Ring in Birmingham City Centre since 1974 but can actually be dated back to 1166 when the Lord of the Manor, Peter de Birmingham, obtain a Royal Charter allowing him to hold a market at ‘’his castle at Birmingham’’.

Birmingham City Council approved plans a few years ago to move the markets to a brand new purpose built site away from the City Centre and close to the Aston Villa Football ground in Witton.

Although it has been subjected to delays over the past few years the new Birmingham Wholesale Market is now close to completion and will open it’s door to traders on Tuesday 8th May 2018.

The new facility is 250 metres long x 70 metres wide and has 39 units all of the same size, giving a total of 78 units on each side. Some units are being shared – one company has bought four units together and for extra space offices have been put in at mezzanine level too.

The two sides are separated by the central blue ‘’Buyers Walkway’’.


Solution

Dortek have manufactured and installed 33 Hygienic GRP Single Action Doors and 13 Hygienic Observation Windows (all with GRP Frames) across 20 of the units.

Dortek GRP doors were chosen for these specific 20 units because these areas will be subject to regular wash downs and the Wholesale Market needed doors and windows that would not be affected by water or the use of cleaning chemicals.

We have fitted low profile DDA approved thresholds to first floor doors to ensure that water does not flow into the rooms.

Our doors have been installed in various types of locations including Toilets, entry to Rest Rooms, Store Rooms and Offices with some doors given extra security measures with the use of specified Code Locks.