Year to go until The Glass Works opens

There’s a year to go until The Glass Works, one of the only shopping and leisure destinations under construction in the country, opens its doors to the public.

The Glass Works development is part of a major Council-led plan to regenerate the town and will feature up to 25 new shops, seven new family restaurants, a Superbowl UK featuring a bowling alley, Laser Quest experience and soft play centre, and a 13-screen Cineworld cinema featuring a large-scale 4DX screen.

The centre is now 60% fully let, with Deichmann being the latest store to sign up to the scheme and another new addition to the town centre.

A new public square with an attractive water feature and a multi-story car park also form part of the development, with several big name brands already signed up including Next, Sports Direct alongside fashion arm USC, TK Maxx, Muffin Break, local independent restaurant MEET and Nando’s. JD Sports, Coffee Boy and Falco Lounge are already open and trading.

It comes as a recent report from the Centre for Cities shows Barnsley is in the top 10 towns and cities in England for spend following lockdown, with an overall recovery index of 81 against a pre-lockdown baseline of 100 – well above other major towns and cities.