Yorkshire councilors have indicated the demise of David Adjaye’s first public project, the Wakefield Market Hall. Faced with harsh budget cuts, the local council is considering an offer by Sovereign Land, owner of the neighboring shopping complex, after the heavily subsidized 6-year-old market has consistently failed to attract enough business. If next week’s council vote sways in the developers favor, the £3 million structure will be bulldozed and replaced by a cinema.
Originally taking the place of a disused 1960’s indoor market, the 4,000 square meter structure was constructed as part of a larger regeneration plan for the city’s northern center. However, controversy has been surrounding the market since a year after its completion, as concerns were raised regarding the layout, paving and drainage issues.
You can learn more about the market’s design here.