Barnsley City Council



Project Value

£89 Million


IBI Architects


Henry Boot Construction

Project Brief

We are proud to announce that we have recently secured a contract with Henry Boot Construction, which has a total value of £89m and is our largest scheme to date. The Glass Works, is a major town centre development scheme in Barnsley and is located on a 3.8 hectare site around Cheapside. Once completed, the site will provide 590,000 sq. ft of entertainment facilities inclusive of shops, restaurants, multi screen cinema, bowling and a state of the art central library.


Adept is responsible for the civil and structural works for this major city centre redevelopment scheme. This includes four separate buildings, steel framed buildings, reinforced concrete piled foundations and underground water
attenuation. The development consists of new build structures and is located adjacent to existing buildings. The foundations are piled utilising CFA bearing piles and contiguous piled walls to basement areas. The project also includes an extensive multi-storey carpark to serve 500 vehicles. It is situated above the retail levels and is accessed via a circular ‘Rotunda’ ramp. The building comprises of a braced steel frame construction with composite concrete floors on profiled steel decking. The former car-park was demolished and rubble from the 6,500-tonne building remained on site and will be used during the next phase of the town centre development. Adept have also designed the below ground drainage access to the site. Adept have carried out extensive 3D modelling of the buildings, including the 13 cinema screens to coordinate a complex structural geometry to provide structural and acoustic isolation.