The Glass Works – Barnsley Council’s multi-million-pound town centre regeneration scheme – has been shortlisted for another prestigious award.
The project is in the running to be named the ‘Best use of publicly-owned land and/or property in placemaking’ at the 2020 Planning Awards.
The award will go to the entry that best demonstrates how the use of the land/property will improve, the physical, social and/or environmental qualities of a place.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. A significant amount of investment is going into the redevelopment of our town centre. The drive behind this project 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 and encourages integration and inclusion.
“Enabling the market, which has been at the heart of the town for years, and our new state-of-the art Library @ the Lightbox to take on the role of key anchors, makes us unique. We are at the forefront of a radical shift in putting the needs of local people at the heart of our regeneration vision, to deliver meaningful, viable and long-term results.”
The first phase of the redevelopment – which celebrates Barnsley’s diverse heritage – includes Library @ the Lightbox, the modernised Barnsley Market and Market Kitchen – a dining experience that blends traditional and diverse street foods.
Meanwhile, an enhanced public realm has already significantly improved the physical quality and vibrancy of the town centre, and is having a positive impact on the economic, safety and social well-being of its community.
2021 will see the completion of The Glass Works – which is supported by Turner & Townsend, Queensberry and Henry Boot Construction – with a new public square, more retail and leisure offers, a new multi-storey car park and bridge, and will open up the town centre creating a new footfall circuit that integrates retail, leisure and cultural and community uses.
This has and will continue to be the catalyst for attracting national brands with commitment already being shown from multiple national names including Next, Nando’s, Superbowl UK, Cineworld, Lounges, Sports Direct and JD Sports.
Throughout the regeneration, Barnsley Council has capitalised on local assets to create accessible spaces that promote culture and a sense of community, while unlocking the long-term potential of the wider region.
The winner will be announced at an awards presentation in September 2020.