New town centre

The Glass Works is the name for the new look town centre development.  You can sign up to The Glass Works newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest news.  

You can also take a look at the fly through video to see what the new development will look like.  

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. You can read the Barnsley town centre prospectus, which has been developed in conjunction with numerous partners including the public.

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. This will include a new home for the market, Food Hall, and Market Kitchen, a new eating experience.  

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.

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. 

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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.