Henry Boot Construction, a UK-based construction firm, has been selected as the main contractor by the Barnsley council for the Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment project.
The company will be responsible for the construction phase of the project, which includes construction of retail, leisure and market space, a new library and new landscaped public open space (the Market Square), after demolition of existing buildings.
The council has also appointed Turner & Townsend and its partner Queensberry Real Estate as the Development Management Organisation (DMO).
The entire project, along with additional public realm upgrades and the development of a new college building, is estimated to cost £100m.
Cabinet Spokesperson for Place Roy Miller said: “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 to secure private sector funding from a property company or institutional investor to deliver phase two of the project, which includes construction of about 200,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space on the plots created as part of the demolition undertaken for Better Barnsley’s first phase.