Town centre redevelopment sits at the fore of most regional councils’ key strategies for development, with the addition of new public spaces, amenities and high street stores to bring in consumer traffic. As such, those works set out for the development of Barnsley’s town centre are regarded as a great step forward in both expanding and redeveloping the centre for further commerce and prosperity.

Serving as part of the construction programme set out for phase one of the Barnsley town centre redevelopment, it has been announced that Henry Boot will see the construction of a brand new central library, as well as the refurbishment of town centre retail establishments and the re-modelling and extension of Barnsley’s market buildings at the Metropolitan Centre. The works are also set to incorporate a brand new town square and further works for the public realm; however much of the works are pending the demolition of already existing structures.

For management of the project, Turner & Townsend have been chosen alongside Queensberry Real Estate.

The consultant will be seen to work alongside the council and will be providing private sector funding from either a property organisation or alternatively, an institutional investor to lay the foundations for phase two of the regeneration project. Phase two is expected to see the effective development of some 200,000 square feet of brand new retail and leisure space.

Of course, Henry Boot’s appointment is great news for the company, where it will be playing a central role in the redevelopment of the local town centre. The project will also give Henry Boot an opportunity to showcase the standard of its work to the people of Barnsley, who will no doubt be in anticipation of the development.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director of Henry Boot Construction commented: “As a local contractor, we are delighted to have been appointed to construct the Better Barnsley town centre development.”