Bigg Market, Newcastle - GreenBlue Urban

Bigg Market, Newcastle


The historical site of Bigg Market is situated in the Newcastle Upon Tyne district, within walking distance between the cathedral and town hall. Dating back to the Middle Ages, this thriving marketplace formed a hustling hub for communities. The marketplace adopted its iconic name from a type of coarse barley called Bigg that was sold in large quantities. Bigg Market was a prime location for wholesalers from every industry and was hugely busy with customers due to the market being open every day of the week! 

In a special video called ‘A Peoples History’, Northern Star Productions has created an insightful look back at the history of Bigg Market from the people who lived there and experienced the ever-changing environment throughout the decades.  Watch here:- 

In February 2015, the business improvement District Company NE1 Ltd for Newcastle City Centre received £1.6M in initial support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to reinvigorate Bigg Market by recreating the historic area in a commercially sustainable manner. The award was to enable transformative change in the Bigg Market area  

As part of the £2.5M refurbishment scheme landscape architects, Southern Green was instructed to design the public realm transformation to include new seating, trees and improved lighting to enable businesses to use the space for market stalls, table-top counters selling a wealth of goods and pavement cafes. With these renovations, Bigg Market was given a new lease on life and has given the historic heart back to Newcastle! 

GreenBlue Urban’s ArborSystem tree planting packages were specified as part of Newcastle's City Council strategy for a new tree to be planted for every resident of Newcastle over the next decade. Councillor Doreen Huddart concludes:-

More trees "enhance wellbeing, leisure and green spaces", provide important habitats for wildlife and actively contribute to fighting climate change.
ArborSystem enables long-term solutions for green infrastructure to thrive in the hard landscape in this heavily trafficked location.  Which sees large lorries manoeuvring with deliveries to this area, with RootSpace 600 providing the loading capacity required along with healthy aerated soil for the trees to thrive, and above-ground protective Coniston tree guards to stop any tree damage from passing traffic.

Working across two phases GreenBlue worked with contractors Trevor Atkinson & Co and Keyline, to ensure the successful implementation of the 4 SuDS enabled tree pits which featurured Stormform the multi-functional attentuation tree surround that handles surface water run off through the tree pit.

Bigg Market is now a lively and thriving area with new businesses opening their doors and investment from the private sector and will continue to thrive for many years to come! Congratulations to all involved.