Barnsley Council Agrees £180m Regeneration Contract

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Barnsley Council Agrees £180m Regeneration Contract

Barnsley Council Agrees £180m Regeneration Contract


A huge construction project is set to get underway in Barnsley, after the council confirmed a contract for the second stage of a £180 million regeneration initiative in the Yorkshire city.

The local authority confirmed Henry Boot Construction Limited will deliver Phase 2 of The Glass Works development scheme, which will include 100,000 sq ft of new retail space, 25,000 sq ft of cafes and restaurants, a new landscape public square, and a new shopping route. In addition to this, a 13-screen Cineworld and Superbowl UK, along with 90,000 sq ft of leisure facilities will be built.

Simon Carr, managing director of Henry Boot Construction, a subsidiary of Henry Boot LPC, said: “This is a really exciting time for the people of Barnsley and, as a local contractor, we are very proud to be on the journey with them.”

The firm was also in charge of completing Phase 1 of The Glass Works project, which saw them construct a state-of-the-art library and rejuvenate Barnsley Markets.

Mr Carr noted that the Phase 2 contract has built “on the success of Phase 1 where we maintained exceptional working relationships with our partners and supply chain”.

Nearly two-thirds of Henry Boot Construction’s project staff are from the South Yorkshire city itself, with the company having supported more than 100 employment, community and training projects for locals.

Having this contract will further cement the construction company’s links with local projects. With Phase 2 due for completion by June 2021, the contractor has two years to deliver the ambitious plans.

However, leader of Barnsley Council Sir Stephen Houghton CBE has every confidence in the business, saying: “Henry Boot have already delivered fantastic results, so we are please to have them on board for the next phase of the scheme.”

He went on to say the company has “made a significant impact in terms of employment and educational opportunities” in the local area.

It was only earlier this month that the new library at The Glass Works opened to the public. On Saturday July 13th, Mayor of Barnsley, councillor Pauline Markham, Sir Stephen, Dan Jarvis MP, and chief executive Sarah Norman attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Library @ the Lightbox, which Henry Boot Construction Limited had been working on.

Mr Carr stated: “It has been a real privilege for us to deliver the Library @ the Lightbox. Schemes of this quality are only possible when there is full collaboration between all parties.”

The library, situated in the town square, is spread over four floors, and has conference facilities for events. It also boasts workshops, a sanctuary room for people with autism, a training suite, table computers and virtual reality, and will host a Music and Memories Group for those with dementia and their carers.

While Phase 2 of the town’s regeneration project will be a far larger enterprise, Henry Boot Construction Limited will be in a good position to start work on this initiative following its completion of Phase 1.

Sir Stephen added: “The team is great to work with and there is a real partnership ethos across the whole project.”

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