Redwood has supported Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and its development manager Queensberry in making a major funding and occupier announcement for The Glass Works in Barnsley – a retail-led scheme that will transform the heart of one of Yorkshire’s best-loved towns. Having already committed £50 million to fund the first phase of the scheme, in March Barnsley Council committed to fund the remainder of the scheme, bringing its total investment to £120 million.

The Glass Works, the new name given to the town centre development, is located on a 3.8 hectare site around Cheapside and will provide 590,000 sq ft of family-led day and night time retail and leisure uses. The development will include a range of new shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, alongside a brand-new home for Barnsley’s historic markets, a cutting-edge central library and quality public realm.

Alongside the funding announcement Queensberry revealed the first occupiers Cineworld and Superbowl UK. Cineworld has agreed a 20-year lease for a 13 screen multiplex cinema and Superbowl UK has taken 18,000 sq ft, also on a 20-year lease. In addition to bowling, Superbowl UK will bring its Laser Quest and Crazy Club soft play offer.

Following an exclusive in EG on the day of the launch in March, Redwood secured nine further pieces of trade press coverage announcing the news, whilst also securing a mention of the scheme in EG’s recent development pipeline feature. An interview was also set up at MIPIM, with Paul Sargent interviewed alongside David Shepherd and Matt Gladstone from Barnsley Councillors at the conference with coverage appearing in MIPIM News.

Redwood was recently appointed to manage B2B PR for The Glass Works, Barnsley. This follows on from the support Redwood provides Queensberry as its retained corporate PR agency.