Colombo’s Manning Market is the oldest marketplace in the Country, dating back over hundred years. Part of a long overdue infrastructure and accessibility upgrade, the market is being relocated to its new home at the Peliyagoda commercial hub. More reminiscent of a stadium than a marketplace, the new building will herald a marked improvement from the market’s humble beginnings in Pettah.
The manning market relocation project was initiated in 2017, and is now in its final phase. MAGA is carrying out the last and largest stage of construction, with work due to complete in early 2020. The complex features an environmentally friendly open design that maximises space and natural light, and includes a large solar array to provide renewable energy for running of the premises. MAGA’s scope of work includes construction of superstructure, finishing, and all Mechanical, Engineering, and Plumbing. The complex comprises five blocks and includes a ramp, elevated road, and bridge link between two of the blocks. Upon completion, the whole complex will cover a total floor area of 446,734 sqft.
Once complete, the new complex will house over 1200 shops, and provide vendors with larger, cleaner premises, and better access to storage, parking, and waste-management. The entire market complex will span over 25 acres, and function as Colombo’s primary hub for wholesale of fresh produce.