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What is The Glass Works?

The Glass Works is the name given to the town centre redevelopment.

Full of retail, restaurants, cafes and leisure, work is well underway on this exciting project that will transform Barnsley town centre. It includes:

Town square 

A new modern landscaped public square where routes into the town centre meet. The square is large enough for market stalls and public events, and looks into the indoor market.


Bright, open and inspiring, this refurbished space creates a flow between outdoor and indoor shopping and is easier to get to for shoppers and businesses.

Come and take a look around our town centre market and grab a bit to eat at Market Kitchen.

Shopping and leisure space

By extending Lambra Road there’s now a new route behind the redeveloped indoor markets with shopping and leisure opportunities including exciting new shops, restaurants, a bowling alley and cinema.  

Library @ the Lightbox

Opened in July 2019 and located on Mayday Green, this state of the art building is a hub for community activity. Find out more about Library @ the Lightbox.

Market Gate Bridge

Construction of the new Market Gate Bridge is underway. It will link the new town square with the transport interchange and Market Gate Car Park. It will also open up more routes to the town centre through active travel – on foot, bike, wheelchair or scooter.

There's a temporary bridge over the Jumble Lane level crossing until the new bridge opens. Read more about Market Gate Bridge.

Car parking 

High-quality, safe, bright, and easy to access open-air car parking, with plenty of spaces. The new Market Gate car park and The Glass Works multi-storey car park are now open. Find out more about car parking.

Read more about the changes

You can find out more about the town centre changes on The Glass Works website. You can also sign up to The Glass Works newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the town centre development.  

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