Tiverton Pannier Market 

Heritage Led Regeneration Project - £3.5m

Before this project was taken on, Tiverton’s Grade II 1800’s Pannier Market was in much need of repair and restoration, and was lost in the centre of a large, nondescript car park - a highly unattractive setting for such an important building.

The team at Mid Devon District Council (MDDC) asked De Facto to help them develop and fund this major town centre enhancement scheme which aimed to meet the demand for more market stall space, refurbish the Pannier Market Building to return it to its former glory, and provide a surrounding area fitting to its design that would give the public all that it needs in terms of car parking and community space, thereby rejuvenating the town centre. The project had been on the Council’s agenda for some time but needed to be given some impetus to ensure it progressed.

MDDC asked De Facto to provide a complete project service on this project to see it through from start to finish. We started by consulting with the project steering group and community, and appointed a design team to work on the project with us. Thereafter we helped to develop the project scope and approached partners for funding. Accompanied by supporting business plans, we developed a £3.5 million funding package and managed to negotiate significant grant awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Objective 2 ERDF and the South West of England Regional Development Agency. Following completion of the funding package, we helped MDDC procure the building contracts, and processed all the necessary grant drawdown claims. The project has been central to the revitalisation of Tiverton Town Centre and the market has been transformed.

Catherine Marlow, Senior Planner at MDDC said this of our involvement: 

De Facto have been working with Mid Devon District Council on two projects in particular, for nearly four years. The two projects are the Tiverton Pannier Market Scheme and the Crediton Town Square Scheme….these schemes were struggling in embryonic form before De Facto were employed as project managers. Both schemes now have completed funding packages, project teams and design teams and are well on their way to fruition. This could not have been achieved by the Council without De Facto. De Facto have provided project development and management services, written funding bid documents, coordinated project teams, developed implementation programmes and financial appraisals, and generally given moral support to the Council when forwarding these ambitious schemes. They have been invaluable and the projects would have been shelved long ago had it not been for them. I have no hesitation in offering a reference for the whole team at De Facto who have been professional, efficient, optimistic and friendly, even at the most difficult moments of the schemes!"

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