23/07/2020

The Glass Works nominated for prestigious MJ Award

Regeneration scheme shortlisted in the Innovation in Property and Asset Management category at MJ Awards.

The Glass Works – the ongoing multi-million-pound refurbishment of Barnsley town centre – has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The scheme has been shortlisted for an award in the Innovation in Property and Asset Management category at the 2020 MJ Awards.

The award will go to an innovative local authority-led project that uses assets to deliver proven benefits to communities.

The winner will be revealed during an online ceremony on Friday, 2 October 2020.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We are delighted that The Glass Works has been shortlisted for an MJ award.

“It’s a great achievement to be shortlisted. We’re putting a significant amount of investment into the redevelopment of our town centre and the benefits to the community are already clear to see, especially when you look at the impact assets like our fantastic market, Market Kitchen and Library @ the Lightbox have had.

“The drive behind The Glass Works is to create a town centre that fulfils the needs of our residents, businesses, town centre workers and visitors, and embeds a strong sense of community and culture.

“Being shortlisted for this award also recognises how Barnsley is leading the way in terms of rethinking its high street. We’ve looked at the importance of public engagement and refurbished our public realm to help create a family-friendly, bustling atmosphere. We believe we’ve found the right balance with leaning towards a predominantly leisure-based scheme while still including a significant amount of retail – and are ploughing forward with further regeneration locally to ensure Barnsley becomes a vibrant future-proof high street.”

The Glass Works is Barnsley town centre’s £180m retail and leisure regeneration led by Barnsley Council, supported by Turner & Townsend, Henry Boot Construction and Queensberry.

Confirmed operators for the scheme so far include Cineworld, Superbowl UK, NEXT, Sports Direct and fashion arm USC, TK Maxx, Nando’s, Muffin Break and independent restaurant MEET.

They will join the already open JD Sports, Coffee Boy and Falco Lounge by the scheme’s completion in 2021.

The Glass Works is also home to Barnsley’s famous market, independent food court Market Kitchen and community hub Library @ the Lightbox.

Barnsley Council has also been shortlisted for another two MJ awards. The Transforming Lives category recognises the council’s work work in the Shared Lives pilot, which offers support for people in Barnsley who are at risk of homelessness.

The Innovation in Property and Asset Management category has also recognised the council for its strategy, growth and regeneration brought by the success of its Property Investments Funds project.