July 2020 Project Update


Store frontage precedent

Europe’s largest footwear retailer, Deichmann, has become the second major retail brand – following TK Maxx – to sign up to The Glass Works this summer.

Deichmann, which originated in Germany in 1913, now boasts stores across Europe and offers the latest footwear fashion trends for people of all ages – featuring brands such as adidas, Nike and Fila.

The market-leading retailer has signed a ten-year deal and will move into a new 5,000 sq ft unit on Cheapside. The store, a first for the brand in Barnsley, is planning to open its doors in time for Christmas this year.

Andy Underwood, Director at Deichmann, said: “We’re incredibly happy to open a brand-new store in The Glass Works and add Barnsley to our expanding store portfolio.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Deichmann to The Glass Works – the latest new name for Barnsley town centre.

“Deichmann will be a great new addition to our town centre’s retail mix. It’s the right offer – fantastic quality, and affordable.”

The exciting announcement comes on the back of news earlier this month that TK Maxx has also committed to Barnsley by taking a new unit in The Glass Works. The popular high street retailer has signed a 15-year lease and will take a two-floor, 21,951 sq ft unit located opposite Cineworld in a prime pitch.

It will bring its varied product offering, including women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, accessories, homeware and travel range.

Deichmann and TK Maxx will join Next, Sports Direct (with fashion arm USC) and the already open JD Sports in the scheme – helping create a quality and varying new fashion offer for locals and town centre visitors.

Confirmed food operators include Nando’s, Muffin Break and local independent restaurant MEET – all of which will join the already open Falco Lounge and Coffee Boy, along with the independent food vendors inside Market Kitchen.

Cineworld and Superbowl UK – which will include laser quest, bowling and soft play – are the main leisure anchors of the project.

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The new Superbowl UK leisure complex

Construction on The Glass Works is driving forward, with the scale and progress of the development becoming ever more visible and impressive.

The buildings will be finished with the gold-coloured Veio cladding and patterned GRC panels also used on Library @ the Lightbox and Falco Lounge – a process which is now underway.

Cineworld’s tiered seating is currently under construction and the PV panels on the Superbowl UK building have been completed, with the internal blockwork walls now easily seen.



The Glass Works – the ongoing multi-million-pound refurbishment of Barnsley town centre – has been shortlisted for the Innovation in Property and Asset Management category at the 2020 MJ Awards.

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

Barnsley Council has also been shortlisted for another two MJ awards.

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Janine Davies and Charlie Smark are the mum and daughter team behind Dolly’s Desserts – Barnsley town centre’s popular dessert parlour.

Originally found on The Victorian Arcade as Ice Queenz -a wacky dessert shop specialising in everything from gelato and freak shakes to cakes and cookie dough – Janine and Charlie made the decision to move into The Glass Works and Market Kitchen in October last year.

It’s a move that paid off. Under its new guise, Dolly’s Desserts (named after family dog, Dolly) is going from strength to strength.

“It’s made a huge difference moving to The Glass Works,” says Janine.

“We were doing well before, but we’ve gone up another level since moving into Market Kitchen. It has a great atmosphere where all the other businesses thrive off each other.

“The Glass Works is changing Barnsley town centre for the better, and places like Market Kitchen are attracting loads of new customers, which is great for a business like ours. The scheme is really starting to take shape and we’re excited to see the new cinema, shops and restaurants open. It’s really exciting to see.”



Barnsley Council, the National Market Traders Federation and the Barnsley Group of the NMTF have reiterated their commitment to work together after traders appointed a new President and committee.

Trader Sue Round was unanimously elected as the new President of the group following an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) on Wednesday 24 June. Meanwhile, Phil Ashton and Janine Graham – who also trade on Barnsley Market – have been appointed Vice-President and Treasurer respectively.

New President Sue Round said: “I’m proud to have been appointed as President of the Barnsley NMTF. It’s an honour to have been backed by Barnsley Market traders.

“It’s still a bit of a scary time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we’ve got to move forward as positively as possible. I’m there to represent indoor and outdoor traders and I’ll work hard to represent their views to the council as we move forward.”

National President Michael Nicholson, who officiated at the EGM, said: “We are sure these elections bode well for the future, with the promise of a better relationship with Barnsley Council and the market management, a relationship which goes back as far as the NMTF’s foundation in 1899.

“We will always support the NMTF Barnsley Group in ensuring it does its utmost to represent the best interests of both indoor and outdoor traders on this renowned market.”

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If you didn’t get chance to see the most recent drone footage of The Glass Works retail and leisure site, here’s another chance. The pictures show the significant progress that has been made in recent weeks.


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