Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Members have approved a report requesting permission to enter negotiations with Sheffield City Region for grant funding for Digital Media Centre 2 (DMC2).
The report will present an update on the acquisition of The Core building, which will be refurbished. It will also provide information on Sheffield City Region’s (SCR) grant funding for the project.
Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre (DMC) is ideally situated in the town centre and provides fantastic transport links. The DMC provides high-quality office space for digital and creative businesses. It’s currently at full occupancy with many companies on the waiting list. Due to this success, there is a demand for more available space. DMC2 will provide the space required, supporting the creation of a ‘Digital Campus’ to encourage modern high-tech businesses to expand and move to the town.
The project will refurbish the existing Core Building, which is next to the DMC. The building will be remodelled to create a fit for purpose space. The new facility will also have workspaces and lab environments to support digital start-ups. This development will increase the number of digital tech companies and digital jobs available in the borough. Once the work is completed, DMC2 is expected to provide over 350 full-time jobs.
Cabinet has already approved the acquisition of the Core Building and the car park next to it. Work is ongoing to vacate the building. Two tenants are looking to relocate, and others are actively seeking other accommodation.
Barnsley Council now wants to enter negotiations with SCR to accept a £2.125M grant. This grant will support the purchase and refurbishment of the building.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This is brilliant news for Barnsley. This scheme will unlock the digital and creative potential of the borough. DMC2 will not only help existing tech businesses expand, but it will help attract new businesses to the region.
“DMC2 will hugely benefit our community, as it will create more job opportunities in a growing industry.”
The report can be read in full here.
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