Historic market relaunches at centre of Barnsley regeneration
Barnsley Markets has opened the doors of its new market hall that forms part of the 3.8-hectare redevelopment in the heart of Barnsley. Delivery the new space is a central part of the £180m transformational development of Barnsley town centre. The second phase of the development, Market Kitchen, will open later this month, with a host of local and regional food producers.
The new market hall was designed by IBI Group, and is fully integrated with the wider town centre, boasting prominent and open access from Cheapside and Market Square. The interiors are highly accessible with level thresholds, wide aisles, wayfinding signage and energy efficient lighting. At the centre of the market is an atrium, a flexible space designed to accommodate events and pop-ups, flooded with natural light from the roof light above.
The redevelopment of the town centre being delivered by the council, and its development manager Queensberry. It includes new retail, family-friendly restaurants, Cineworld, Superbowl UK and Library @ the Lightbox, plus significant public realm improvements including a new landmark public square.
Queensberry commercial director and co-founder Stuart Harris said: “The opening of Barnsley Market is hugely important as it signifies the progression that the scheme has made and reflects the evolution into phase two of the project. The Markets will serve as an anchor to this transformational development proving more variety and a more evolving offer than many traditional department store anchors. Barnsley market has been the focal point of the town since 1249 and will continue to attract people from far and wide generating both footfall and vitality to the town centre.”