Local Growth Fund awards £7.43M to The Glass Works

The Glass Works is to benefit from £7.43m of funding approved by the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority. Local Growth Fund (LGF) cash will fund three Barnsley schemes, including The Glass Works. The Local Growth Fund (LGF) is government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.

The allocated funding will contribute to the new retail and restaurant units, Market Kitchen – a new dining experience for Barnsley, offices, and the demolition of the former multi-storey car park.

Before Christmas the latest operators to join The Glass Works were announced, including Britain’s biggest sports fashion retailer – JD Sports, Lounges, Muffin Break and local independent restaurant MEET. They join Cineworld, Superbowl UK and Next who have already committed to the scheme.

Barnsley is at the forefront of a radical shift in the role of town and city centres up and down the country. The Glass Works redevelopment is creating a vibrant, modern town centre and retail and leisure experience, and is expected to deliver wider socio economic benefits by encouraging greater integration and inclusion, enhanced skills and training and a reinvigorated pride in Barnsley; estimates suggest the scheme will generate approximately 1,100 jobs by 2025 into the town centre and the wider economy.

Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We’re delighted to secure this significant funding to support The Glass Works and two other projects in Barnsley.

The Glass Works development will transform the town centre, and this funding will support the creation of a fantastic retail, leisure and dining offer.

Overall it’s fantastic news for Barnsley; this investment will drive forward our plans for more and better jobs in the borough, strengthen our economic growth, and no doubt attract more visitors and businesses to the area.  We have ambitious plans for Barnsley, and we are delighted this vision is being supported.”

Barnsley Council has strong leadership, an innovative approach and a robust economic regeneration agenda. Working with its development managers Turner and Townsend and  Queensberry, they understand that successful town centres need to offer a variety of uses to encourage people to visit and spend. Customers want more from a town centre than just retail; cultural and leisure attractions, events, places to eat and drink and good office space make a town an attractive place to live and work.

The council’s plans to create a Digital Media Centre 2 to provide more space for digital and creative businesses as the current Digital Media Centre is full, is another supportive move to create a thriving and vibrant town centre.

The plans for the town centre have been carefully considered and designed to retain a sense of authenticity and tradition and celebrate Barnsley’s heritage and the things that makes it unique.

Upon completion The Glass Works and the wider town centre development will demonstrate all of these features and more.  At its heart sits the modernised and reinvigorated Barnsley Market which opened late last year and is absolutely critical to Barnsley’s DNA.  Barnsley is a market town and has been since 1249, and although it is now operating from a new, bright and modern home, it still holds on to its traditions, making it one of the top 10 favourite markets in the country. It will now compete against nine others for the title of Britain’s Favourite Market 2018, as part of the annual awards scheme run by The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). The results are in on Thursday 31 January.

SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis and members formally agreed Local Growth Fund (LGF) funding for schemes in Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield.

Mayor Jarvis said: This funding is transformative. It’s also a great example of the Mayoral Combined Authority and LEP driving real change for communities in Barnsley and across the Sheffield City Region.

“By investing in developments such as these, we will create jobs, attract investment, boost our tourism offer and also continue the SCR’s strong track record in building places where people want to live, work and play.

“I said that I would champion our region’s visitor economy, build on our region’s significant strengths, and seize new opportunities. This funding announcement shows that I’m making that ambition a reality.”