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IBI wins go-ahead for £50m revamp of Barnsley town centre


AJ120 practice IBI Group has won outline planning for proposals to redevelop Barnsley town centre

The multidisciplinary team from IBI has been working with Barnsley Council on the £50 million plans which aim to ‘transform and reinvigorate Barnsley’s central heart’.

The scheme includes a new market square, the extension and refurbishment of the town’s market, a new 3,000m² public library, a cinema, shops and offices.

IBI Group’s Seamus Lennon, said: ‘The regeneration of Barnsley will make a significant difference to the local people and open up the opportunity for further investment into the area.

‘Acting as architects, planners and landscape architects on this project, we are working with the council to shape a place that is attractive, accessible and characterful – making a Better Barnsley for future generations.’

Back in 2011 CZWG and Holder Matthias were appointed to work on a masterplan for the town centre drawn up by Will Alsop, but the scheme was later abandoned.

Reserved matters are now set to be prepared for each element of the scheme. The first phase – a covered market – is set to begin on site in early 2016.

Project data

Location Barnsley
Type of project masterplanning, urban renewal, retail, cultural, public realm
Architect IBI Group
Structural engineer Robson Liddle
Client Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Funding public
Tender date August 2015
Start on site dateMay 2015 (enabling works) and February 2016 (first phase of construction of the relocated covered market)
Contract duration3 years
Gross internal floor area 30,500m² (markets and retail), 3,000m² (library), and 3,000m² (health and community)
Form of contract and/or procurement Bespoke ACA Term / PPC 2000 Partnering hybrid
Total cost £50,000,000       
M&E consultant
NPS Barnsley
Quantity surveyor NPS Barnsley
Planning supervisor NPS Barnsley
Main contractor TBC – Tender process ongoing


Readers' comments (2)

  • It would be interesting to compare the latest proposals with the abandoned efforts of Holder Matthias / CZWG / Will Alsop.

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  • To Robert,
    I am afraid that it doesn't compare well. The original scheme was unique, special, brought a grand piano shaped market hall to the centre of the scheme, something which would have become a landmark scheme.
    It is good that something is happening, but there was over a decade of development work on the original design, which appears to have been torn up and started again! Why? It can't all surely be down to budget?

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