SHAMBLES MARKET YARD

03. Walls and railings have been restored 01. New tree planting frames the Market
02. Bespoke starshade canopy2

SHAMBLES MARKET YARD

ARMAGH CITY
AECOM IRELND


Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council commissioned AECOM to revitalise the historic market yard through a comprehensive environmental improvement scheme. The peripheral walls and railings along with the Johnston Building at the east of the yard are listed by NIEA:Heritage Unit. The ‘Shambles’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for a flesh market which was its original use.

The design solution defines it as a multifunctional space, increases its viability as a venue for the market and ability to host cultural events within the City. The walls and railings have been restored, new pillars built and the access arrangements altered to make circulation better. Car parking is now controlled to one area of the yard which provides a better setting for the Johnston Building and the new covered market. Pedestrian routes to the yard link it with the two cathedrals on the City walking trail. The covered market adjacent to Dawson Street matches the scale and architecture of the Johnston Building. The new granite paving and kerbs link with the recently completed City Centre EI scheme and complement the warm hues of the local pink limestone.