Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, alongside its development management partners Queensberry and Turner & Townsend, has released plans for a landmark £8 million investment to enhance the town centre’s public realm. The proposals form a central part of the wider regeneration of the town centre to create the new £130m mixed-use destination called The Glass Works.
Due to go to public consultation this month, the redevelopment of the public realm will include a brand-new public square and comprehensive improvements to the existing space, which will invigorate Barnsley’s retail and leisure heart and connect it to the historic heart of the town.
Included within the proposals are a cascading water pool, family-friendly outdoor dining venues and permanent outdoor market stalls, which will create a vibrant new destination for visitors to enjoy alongside the existing redevelopment of the seven hundred year old Barnsley Markets.
The Glass Works is located on a 3.8 hectare site around Cheapside and will provide 46,451 sq m of family-led day and night time retail and leisure uses. The Glass Works scheme has been designed by IBI Group, who also provided planning advice. The scheme is scheduled for completion in May 2020.