2016 - September 2016

Grand opening of May Day Green Market, Barnsley – 09/09/16

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On Saturday 3 September the new May Day Green Market opened for business in Barnsley, following the cutting of the ribbon by the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Linda Burgess.

The grand opening event was extremely well attended, with thousands of people attending. The day marked the completion of the first major milestone of the £100 million town centre redevelopment. Henry Boot site team members Dave Goddard, Ryan O’Loughlin, Laurence Ross, Phil Horsfield and Catherine Spooner all attended the ceremony, which saw a number of fun and entertaining activities take place, including confetti blizzards and a balloon release, along with rides, games and even a Pokemon Hunt.

The new temporary market hall is a vast improvement on the old semi-open market. The building is light and airy, with the anchor of a quality café provision at the front entrance and customer toilet facilities at the rear of the building, encouraging customers to track through the market aisles.

The 84 large, well designed stalls have specialist display boards and well positioned electrical sockets, and also benefit from free Wi-Fi, providing much improved facilities for traders and a better experience for customers.

Over 40 traders have moved into the new temporary market, which will allow work to begin on the next stage of the Better Barnsley project. Further demolition and refurbishment of the Metropolitan Centre will commence in early 2017.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “The new temporary market looks amazing. Opening the May Day Green Market marks a turning point in the town centre redevelopment. We’re making good progress and our plans for the new Public Square and central library are really starting to take shape. The library site demolition will take place from September to December and construction will commence in January 2017. It’s a very exciting time for Barnsley.”

Henry Boot Construction are the main contractor for the Better Barnsley project and completed the interior fit out and the external works, and will have a permanent presence in Barnsley throughout the scheme, which includes the construction of retail, leisure and market space, including areas for food and drink, a new library and new landscaped public open space.

Project Director, Ryan O’Loughlin said: “We are delighted to have completed the fit out to the first new build project on the Better Barnsley development. The team worked tirelessly to meet a challenging programme and their efforts have been rewarded with a high quality market that the people of Barnsley can be proud of.”

For more information contact:

Karen Fisher
Business Development Manager