The Glass Works – the flagship development that continues to transform Barnsley town centre’s retail and leisure offer – has been crowned the winner of the prestigious Regeneration Award at the Planning Awards 2021.

The Planning Awards are one of the most coveted and respected awards within the property industry and reward excellence in professional planning work, placemaking, urban design, economic development and regeneration. The Glass Works beat seven other regeneration projects across the UK – including Hendon Waterside, North London, Malt Street, South London, Kresen Kernow, Cornwall and Port Loop, Birmingham. The judges for this year’s Planning Awards said that the Barnsley town centre scheme was “a great example of how strategic development and targeted investment can play a huge part in revitalising a local economy”.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said:

“We are grateful and unbelievably proud to see The Glass Works win this year’s Planning Award for Regeneration. To go up against some truly outstanding developments from across the country and come out on top is a huge achievement. It is a success for the Council, the project team involved, and of course, the people of Barnsley who make our town so great. The award is recognition that the Council and our development partner Queensberry are delivering something truly significant and important for Barnsley. The Glass Works is built upon the town’s strong traditions and sense of community and provides a modern, accessible and inviting destination for all. The investment made into The Glass Works is beginning to reap rewards, acting as a catalyst for further improvements to the town centre and providing a new sense of confidence that can help us attract investment and deliver long-term growth.”

Set for completion towards the end of this year, the final phase of The Glass Works includes a 13-screen Cineworld, Superbowl UK bowling venue, popular family restaurants like Nando’s and shops including NEXT, Sports Direct, USC, TK Maxx and Flannels.


The Glass Works, Barnsley