THE designer of Oswestry's revamped market hall, Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88.

Sir Conran helped draw up plans to revamp the Powis Market Hall in 2009, with funding being found and the construction getting underway in 2011.

The design was launched off the back of a national competition, with the Powis Market Hall being nominated by townspeople, making it to the final shortlist before being voted the winner.

Designs by Sir Conran were followed for the hall's revamp, with the overall refurbishment costing around £145,000.

Born in Kingston upon Thames in 1931, Sir Conran began his career making and selling furniture in London.

He went on to open restaurants across the capital before launching Habitat in 1964.

In a statement released on Saturday, his family said he "passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home".

They described the Design Museum founder as a "visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career".

The statement went on: "From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and through his many design, architecture and furniture making businesses.

"Founding The Design Museum in London was one of his proudest moments and through its endeavours he remained a relentless champion of the importance of education to young people in the creative industries."