2016 - June 2016

Mayor officially opens CEAG Market Gate car park during ceremony in Barnsley – 03/06/16

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The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Brian Mathers, officially opened the new Market Gate car park in Barnsley during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday 19 March 2016. The new car park has been built by Henry Boot Construction and is the first major step into the Better Barnsley redevelopment scheme.

The opening ceremony was a great success, with Barnsley Council Leader Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE giving a speech to members of Henry Boot Construction, Barnsley Council and the public, followed by the cutting of the ribbon by the Mayor. Simon Carr, Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction and Tony Shaw, Director, both attended the event. Afterwards, an electric taxi, owned by Shaun Parkes, and a Tesla car, owned by local resident Phil Coates, were driven to the electric charge points, where a demonstration of their cars was given.

The new Market Gate car park includes spaces for up to 170 cars, including dedicated spaces for mini buses and motorbikes, and eight disabled parking bays. The car park also incorporates several eco features, from the two electric charge points to the 24kw solar PV array, which generates enough electricity to make the car park lighting energy neutral. A striking feature is the new light wall on the Harborough Hill Road flyover, which is programmed to light up at sunset and is visible to those visiting Barnsley by train.

Henry Boot Construction have secured the contract for Phase 1 of the Better Barnsley scheme, which will deliver a new library, market square and public open space. The Metropolitan Centre will be remodelled and refurbished as part of the project.

David Shepherd, Service Director Economic Regeneration, for Place, said: “This is another step closer to making the town centre a better place for visitors. The car park will provide a permanent, long term solution for visitor parking in the town centre. There are a variety of options for a wide range of shoppers, including older people, people with disabilities, and parents with children, cyclists and those who arrive from outside the town in minibuses.”


“It was a privilege to deliver the first phase of the Better Barnsley redevelopment scheme and I am looking forward to working with the team at Barnsley over the coming years.”

Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited

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