Barnsley’s regeneration kick starts with Glass Works ground breaking

Following major funding announcement and news of retail and leisure anchors

 Yesterday, the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda Burgess, joined other key stakeholders at the ground breaking of The Glass Works in Barnsley. The event marked the start of construction of a £5.3 library, the first permanent building within the transformative town centre project being spearheaded by the Barnsley Council.

The news follows the announcement last month that the council will be committing an additional £70 million to the scheme, bringing the total investment from the council to £120 million. Queensberry is acting as development manager, alongside Turner and Townsend, for the council for the significant project that will transform the heart of one of Yorkshire’s best-loved towns.

The Glass Works is located on a 3.8 hectare site around Cheapside and will provide 590,000 sq ft of family-led day and night time retail and leisure uses. This includes a brand new home for Barnsley Markets, a new central library and community space, multi-storey car park and high-quality public realm.

Cineworld and Superbowl UK have also recently signed to anchor the mixed-use open-air centre. Cineworld has agreed a 20-year lease for a 13 screen multiplex cinema and Superbowl UK has taken 18,000 sq ft, also on a 20-year lease. In addition to bowling, Superbowl UK will bring its Laser Quest and Crazy Club soft play offer.

David Shepherd Service Director Economic Regeneration said: “We launched The Glass Works just over six weeks ago and here we are marking the construction of the first building in the redevelopment. There has been a lot of demolition in the town centre over the past couple of years, so it is great to see building works commence. We’re moving forward and giving Barnsley what it deserves; a vibrant town centre.”

Stuart Harris, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Queensberry, said: “The region has been in need of this kind of regeneration for some time, so it is great to see progress being made and the first stage of construction take place. Barnsley Council is a great example of an innovative and forward thinking local authority who is taking a proactive approach to its future economic success by committing to fund such a significant project like The Glass Works. We have already received an impressive level of interest from occupiers, and are looking forward to announcing further brands in the coming months as construction for the first phase continues.”

While construction is ongoing on the first phase of The Glass Works, Queensberry and Turner and Townsend will shortly submit a planning application for Phase 2. The final scheme is scheduled for completion in May 2020.