Enhancing communities
Working Together

Project description

Melton Mowbray Cattle Market is the largest town centre livestock market in the country and has been in existence for 1,000 years. The livestock market serves over 2,500 farming customers and 350,000 visitors to the site annually.

The existing facilities, particularly those for auctioning cattle were in disrepair and no longer fit for purpose. Replacements were needed to ensure that the Cattle Market remained safe, competitive and continued to comply with increasing stringent Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs requirements.

Phase one of the project involved the replacement of the livestock sheds, which will safeguard the livestock for the next 20 years. The new site will now benefit from better safety and improved flow of livestock and visitor traffic into and across the site. Overall, the new facility has provided a more welcoming environment with modern facilities.

The new facility revitalises the historic market, and due to its footfall ensures its dominance in the town’s economy for decades to come.

Responsible business

Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

Working with the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA), we were able to offer a local resident the opportunity to join the project working as a gatesman, managing the safe arrival and departure of traffic on site. This employment scheme is one of many schemes Morgan Sindall has offered, boosting skills and creating training opportunities for local communities.
Working together with our supply chain

Working together with our supply chain

During the early stages of the project, it was discovered that some of the ground was heavily contaminated by diesel, in addition the existing lorry wash pipes were found to be leaking directly into the site. Morgan Sindall Construction worked collaboratively with the relevant members of the supply chain to source the best solution and ensure these issues were resolved quickly without too much disruption to the project.


“We are delighted to be moving into the new building, which will be a beacon for the urban and rural economy for the next 20 years. It is testament to the dedication of all involved that we have not only been able to keep the market open, but grow livestock numbers during the works.”

Hugh Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Melton Cattle Market


“We are very excited to be taking the next steps forward. Getting rid of the old cattle market buildings that are at the end of their useful life and replacing them with modern fit for purpose buildings will help to ensure that the market continues to be a thriving asset for the region”.

Joe Orson
Councillor and Chairman of Rural, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee