Castle Market

Sheffield Corporation City Architect’s Department, Sheffield, 1962


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View of market in context of the city centre 

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  • View of market in context of the city centre    
  • View down street showing pedestrian bridge which joins the developments, with Norfolk Market development beyond    
  • View from the pedestrian bridge connecting the existing market to development    
  • View of the high office block    
  • Roof of market buliding    
  • General view of upper market    
  • Looking along the main gallery of castle market    
  • Staircase inside market area    
  • Staircase showing simple detailing    
  • The bridge seen from norfolk market gallery    
  • View down hill with existing market on the right    
  • View of lower market    
  • Walkway image showing graphic used on unoccupied shops    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Lower ground floor mezzanine plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor mezzanine plan    
  • Gallery level floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Typical office floor plan    
  • Section through exchange street facade    
  • Section through market halls    
  • Section through market stairs    
  • Detail section through market rooflight    
  • Detail section through clerestory window    
  • Detail of heater recess beneath windows    

Indoor market in Sheffield built on top of the remains of Sheffield Castle to the north east of the present city centre next to the River Don

Castle Market is an example of three-dimensional planning within a commercial district. The architect's brief was to provide a multi-level market and shopping centre with inter-level visual and physical communications.

Located on the site of the old castle, the project's foundations are problematically sloping. However the architects use this to their advantage by create a multi-level development. The interconnected structures are fitted into a narrow area, this allows walkways around the building which lead to entrances at varying heights of the hill. This has been designed to improve the congested area with more pedestrian access routes.

Inside, the market is situated on the two main floors. It needed to house separately dry-goods, meat, and fish. The small shops are situated on the ground floor and around the edge of the market.

The upper level is puncutated to let natural daylight seep through to the first floor. Decorative geometric patterns cover certain interior walls, whilst the exterior facade is broken up by a cantilevered entrance.


  • Begun: Feb 1958
  • Completed: Apr 1962
  • Floor area: 48,360m2
  • Sectors: Retail, Office
  • Total cost: £1.7M
  • Tender date: Jan 1958
  • Procurement: City of Sheffield
  • Address: Castle Market , Norton, Sheffield, S2 5TR, United Kingdom


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