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Barhale appointed for key Yorkshire town centre development works

27th November 2020

Yorkshire Water has appointed civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale to conduct enabling works on Barnsley town centre’s flagship regeneration development, The Glass Works.

Barhale will carry out a critical sewer diversion at Kendray Street on the North Eastern side of the multi-award-winning £200 million scheme led by Barnsley Council, alongside Development Manager Queensberry. It is being built by Henry Boot Construction.

The successful completion of the £2 million sewer diversion programme is essential to the progress of the retail and leisure phase of The Glass Works, which includes 25 new retail units, a 13-screen Cineworld, Superbowl UK, seven restaurants and cafes, a landmark public square and a 500 plus-space car park. The previous phase of the project included the new Library @ the Lightbox, Market Kitchen and the major refurbishment of historic Barnsley Markets.

In addition to the continuing supply chain and construction jobs, it is anticipated that the development will deliver up to 1,100 long-term jobs – helping to drive economic growth and local spend within Barnsley.

Barhale Project Manager, Nick Smith, explained that the team will bring in a tunnel boring machine to install 60m of 1200mm diameter new concrete sewer .

“The location is quite severely constrained,” he said. “Effectively it’s hemmed in by the development and a railway line to the East at Kendray Street.”

“Our approach enables the development construction to continue at the same time reducing some of the logistic challenges and means we can keep costs down and complete more quickly.”

“The Glass Works is a hugely important scheme to regenerate an historic part of Barnsley town centre and we look forward to playing our part.”