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Barnsley Town Centre Redevelopment

Our multidisciplinary design team is working on an ambitious project to transform and regenerate Barnsley’s town centre, comprehensively redesigning the heart of the once industrial town.

NPS Barnsley Ltd., Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Barnsley, UK
Ongoing Status

The town of Barnsley emerged from the convergence of a series of historic trading routes as early as the 11th Century. Recently, the town has faced a number of challenges – from the demise of its mining industry to recent failed regeneration projects – but the market, granted a Royal Charter in 1249, has remained. IBI Group is leading the project to transform Barnsley Town Centre into a thriving, dynamic, 21st Century market town.

Working closely with the local people, market traders and the Barnsley Council, the IBI design team has advocated and secured the market’s position at the heart of the project – a unique selling point that will distinguish the town from its neighbours. The scheme, guided by a masterplan, includes a new public open space (the Market Square), a significant extension and refurbishment of the market, a new public library, refurbishment of the metropolitan centre, a cinema, shopping arcade, feature footbridge and high quality parking.

The regeneration of Barnsley will make a significant difference to the local people and open up the opportunity for further investment in the once coal-dependent town.

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Seamus Lennon

Studio Principal
Manchester, UK

Manchester, UK

Studio Principal of our Manchester office, architect Seamus Lennon establishes innovative design strategies and solutions across residential, cultural, commercial and urban design sectors in the UK and Europe. He is currently Project Director for the award-winning £180m ‘The Glass Works’ Barnsley leisure and retail project, and has led a number of multi-award winning and extensively published projects including the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxfordshire; the New Art Exchange, Nottingham; and the Sterling Prize shortlisted Park Hill in Sheffield. Seamus has also been invited to teach and lecture at a number of leading architecture schools in the UK, including an ongoing relationship with the University of Ulster in Belfast.

David McKenna

Studio Associate Director
Manchester, UK

Manchester, UK
Designing streets and spaces for people whilst accommodating traffic.

David McKenna has over 25 years of experience with the added bonus of dual-qualifications as both a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Engineer. This knowledge and accreditation has enabled David to take a creative, yet practical approach to design and to communicate effectively with professionals.
David is considered a subject matter expert on the IBI landscape team and has particular experience in designing streets and spaces for people. He is particularly adept in projects where water is a significant element and also specializes in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.