Car park makes way for next stage of The Glass Works development
Barnsley town centre’s multi-storey car park has been demolished, making way for the exciting next stage of The Glass Works development.
The car park – which closed in July last year to enable preparatory demolition work to take place –was blown down in the early hours of Sunday (January 27) morning at around 2am, once Network Rail had given the all clear for track possession for the adjacent railway line.
Demolition company PDC – led by Director and expert Robyn Rushforth – first evaluated the site 16 months ago to determine the most sufficient way to knock the car park down.
And since July last year, staff from Henry Boot - the contractor for Phase One of the town centre regeneration - have contracted PDC to prepare the building for demolition.
Around 800 charges were used to bring the car park down. The majority of the rubble from the approximately 6,500 tonne building will be kept on site and recycled to use during the next phase of the town centre development.
Footage of the blow down is available on the council’s Facebook page.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’d like to thank Henry Boot and PDC for safely demolishing the multi-storey car park. Now that it has gone, we can commence the exciting next phase of The Glass Works development.
“We’d like to remind town centre visitors that alternative car parking is available across the town centre. Further information can be found on our website.”
The work to cost the car park cost £450,000.
The £450,000 cost was part funded by a £7.4m grant for The Glass Works project as a whole from Sheffield City Region’s Local Growth Fund - government funding that is awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.
The demolition was also part funded by a £1.75million investment towards The Glass Works from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: “This funding from the Leeds City Region Growth Deal will aid the regeneration of Barnsley town centre, helping to create more than 600 new jobs, as well as the retail and leisure facilities that will attract families into the town.
“The demolition was a key stage in the regeneration plan and yet another example of how our Growth Deal investment is making a difference to people in our region.”
The Glass Works – part of the £180m redevelopment of Barnsley town centre - will provide a family-led daytime and night-time offer with 25 shops - including NEXT and JD Sports - of which there are six larger stores, 10 restaurants including Muffin Break, MEET and Lounges, a 13 screen Cineworld and Superbowl UK. In addition to bowling, Superbowl UK will bring its Laser Quest and Crazy Club soft play offer.
This, combined with the new Library @ the Lightbox, refurbished markets, new Market Kitchen, new public realm, a 500 space multi-story car park and the new Market Gate bridge, will help transform Barnsley town centre.
It is scheduled for completion in 2021.
Parking in the town centre on a weekend is free. Visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/parking for more information.
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