2017 - May 2017

Ground breaking for The Glass Works as construction on Barnsley’s new library begins 03/05/17

Barnsley MBCMayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda BurgessGround breaking, Barnsley Library

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda Burgess led the celebrations marking the first dig into the ground with the ceremonial spade to mark the start of construction on the first permanent building within The Glass Works, Barnsley's transformative town centre development scheme.

Last month, Barnsley Council announced its commitment to invest an additional £70million in its town centre redevelopment scheme, making a total investment of £120million. Named, The Glass Works, the scheme will provide shops, restaurants, a 13 screen Cineworld and Superbowl UK, alongside a brand-new home for Barnsley Markets, a new central library and community space, multi-storey car park and high-quality public realm.

The futuristic £5.3million central library and community space has been designed to be the beacon of the town. It will have a transparent glazed skin that emits light to illuminate the new public square.

David Shepard, Service Director of Economic Regeneration said, "We launched The Glass Works just over six weeks ago and here we are today marking the construction of the first building in the redevelopment. There has been a lot of demolition in the town centre over the past couple of years, so it's great to see building works commence. We're moving forward and giving Barnsley what it deserves;a vibrant town centre."

The building will front on to a welcoming new public square, which is purpose designed to host concerts and events to attract visitors to the town. It will share the square with the new 13 screen Cineworld and Superbowl UK, framed by cafes and restaurants, providing a new destination for entertainment in the town centre.

"We have reached another exciting milestone in the redevelopment. During my mayoral year I have had the privilege of seeing the town centre really progress, changing the skyline of Barnsley forever."

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda Burgess

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