New town centre

If you want to keep up-to-date with our proposals for Barnsley's new look town centre, you can subscribe to The Glass Works, our dedicated town centre newsletter. You can read the latest Glass Works newsletter here.   

These are just a few of the planned improvements to the town centre that will attract investment into the borough:

  • New town square 

    A new landscaped public square where routes into the town centre meet. The square will be large enough for market stalls and public events, and will look into the refurbished indoor market.

  • Revamped metropolitan centre and market hall

    Bright, open and inspiring, this newly refurbished space will create flow between outdoor and indoor shopping, and easier to get to for shoppers and businesses.

  • New shopping boulevard

    By extending Lambra Road there’ll be a new route behind the redeveloped indoor markets with new shopping and leisure opportunities.

  • New community space central library

    Proposed for location on Mayday Green, this state of the art building will be a hub for community activity.

  • New car parking

    High quality, safe, bright, and easy to access open-air car parking, with plenty of spaces.

The scheme will attract significant private sector investment. It will provide an opportunity for jobs to be safeguarded, and for additional jobs to be created.

Funding for the scheme is being provided by the council from monies raised through capital receipts in recent asset and land sales, as well as existing borrowing and approvals. The money spent on the scheme will have no impact on the council’s revenue budget or ability to maintain its essential services.

This scheme, combined with additional public realm improvements and the development of a brand new college building, brings the total town centre investment to £57 million.

You can read the prospectus, which has been developed in conjunction with numerous partners including the public.  A presentation is also available.

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You can also find out more about our Urban Centre Infrastructure Scheme.

Town centre news

There are lots of events planned to take place in the town centre all year round.

You can find out more in our latest Best of Barnsley guide.