The Buttermarket


Newark and Sherwood District Council called upon our mechanical and electrical services for the extensive refurbishment works at the iconic Buttermarket in Newark.

A disused carvery pub within the building needed to be converted into a new education suite with staff facilities included.

The services had to be brought up to date within a tight timeframe to ensure the project could go out to tender in time.

Key Info

Newark, Nottinghamshire

Project Type:

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Dako Construction

Project Completion:
December 2022

Project Value:

End User:
Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries Public

Building Services Design




The works to transform the mezzanine floor were carried out whilst the ground floor (a public space) was still being used. Careful consideration was taken to make sure any disruptions were kept to a minimum.

Our Mechanical Engineers delivered new ventilation strategies, hot and cold water services, and an improved heating system. We provided a full breakdown of various options for the heating system (including carbon emissions, performance, capital and running costs) to allow the client to make a decision which suited their requirements.

Electrical works for this project included new power circuiting and installing energy-efficient LED lighting that required less maintenance, was visually more appealing, and fitted well with the industrial style.


“Inspire at the Buttermarket will create a lively new hub in the heart of Newark for local people to come together and take part in culture and learning activities right on their doorstep. The new space, housed in this beautiful, historic building, will offer a range of Inspire’s award-winning learning courses for young people and adults. It will be a wonderful addition to the area, creating even more opportunities for residents to connect, learn and create.”

Councillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council


Inspire now offers fully accessible state-of-the-art facilities for educational and cultural activities in the centre of Newark.

The derelict pub has been transformed into an exciting learning space which has become a vibrant hub for the local community. A wide range of courses are now available within this historical building including Employability, Languages, and Health & Wellbeing. The project was delivered within the client’s quick turnaround time and to a high standard.

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