Queensberry has announced its appointment as Development Manager Organisation (DMO) for the Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment scheme. QRE won the mandate working  alongside its partner Turner & Townsend, who are acting as project managers.  The announcement comes as Barnsley council is celebrating the next major milestones in its regeneration ambitions.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place for Barnsley, said:

This is a major milestone in our exciting and ambitious plans to make Barnsley town centre a place for people to visit and for businesses to invest in. This partnership with a DMO presents the council with the best opportunity to secure not only the successful development of phase two of the Better Barnsley scheme but also private sector investment into the scheme, along with the realisation of the council’s potential future return on investment.”

The DMO will work with the council over an 18 month period to design the new leisure and retail units; begin the pre letting to retail and leisure operators and work with the Council to secure private sector investment to build out the second phase.

Stuart Harris, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Queensberry, said:

We are delighted to be appointed as development manager for this exciting project in Barnsley.  It will be great to work with a very proactive council who are in the process of delivering the first phase have already delivered the first phase of the town’s regeneration themselves and we look forward to helping the council transform Barnsley into a vibrant town centre.” 

Nick Jones, Director, Turner & Townsend, said:

As a Yorkshire headquartered business, we take great pride in our track record of delivering prominent projects across the region. This is an exciting scheme, on our doorstep, that will make a real difference for Barnsley. We are delighted to be part of the team.”

Henry Boot Construction Limited will deliver the construction phase of the Better Barnsley scheme and will provide a permanent presence in Barnsley throughout the scheme which includes the construction of retail, leisure and market space, including areas for food and drink a new library and new landscaped public open space (the Market Square), following the demolition of existing buildings.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited, said:

As a local contractor, we are delighted to have been appointed to construct the Better Barnsley town centre development. This is an exciting time for the people of Barnsley and we are proud to be part of it.”

The Metropolitan Centre will also be extensively refurbished and extended to create a significantly improved presence for the real heart of the town – the markets. The total Better Barnsley scheme, combined with additional public realm improvements and the development of a brand new college building, brings the total town centre investment to £100m.

The DMO will work with Barnsley Council to secure private sector funding from a property company or institutional investor to build out the second phase of the Better Barnsley scheme, developing approximately 200,000 sq ft (net) of new retail and leisure space on the plots created as part of the demolition undertaken for Better Barnsley phase one. This exciting element of the scheme will bring new shops restaurants and leisure facilities to add to the new library, public square and refurbished market.