Barnsley City Council



Project Value

£89 Million


IBI Architects


Henry Boot Construction

Project Brief

The Glass Works is a major re-development scheme regenerating the centre of Barnsley as a thriving market town. Centred around the revitalised Market Square is 590,000 sq.ft. of entertainment facilities, constructed over three years across a 3.8Ha site.

We provided full Civil and Structural design services for the new public open space, a cinema, bowling, retail units, restaurants, and 500-space multi-storey carpark.


This re-designed public realm space provides an improved focal point for the city centre. The space includes retaining walls to accommodate changes in levels, water features, granite seating areas and a mixture of hard and soft landscaping. The public realm area also houses underground storm water attenuation tanks to control the rainwater flows from the new buildings, and the design incorporated the backfilling of unused basements to save material being taken off-site.

The public realm area was circled by four new steel-framed buildings constructed adjacent to existing buildings, and the scheme was also built over Sough Dyke, a culverted main sewer in the city centre. A smaller public realm space was redesigned next to an adjacent retail area over some disused underground toilets.

The buildings were constructed with CFA bearing piles for foundations and contiguous pile walls for basement wall. We also helped deal with significant party wall matters.

We conducted extensive 3D modelling to improve design coordination and create the complex structural geometry providing structural and acoustic isolation for the multi-screen cinema.

Our team adopted a more efficient strategy for the car park design, as we did not feel the original concept was feasible and we could help our client save time and cost. When the existing car park was demolished, we ensured the rubble from the 6,500-tonne building remained on site and was crushed for re-use, rather than going to landfill. Our design incorporates this waste material, reducing costs by approximately £400,000.

Adept have consistently demonstrated their ability to work with HBC and our partners collaboratively providing innovative, sustainable and cost effective solutions.”
Tony Shaw, Operations Director, Henry Boot Construction