New library is set to be the beacon of Barnsley

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Barnsley Council has unveiled a futuristic design for the town’s brand new central library.

Designed to be the beacon of the town, the new building is set to be a landmark in the centre’s £50 million redevelopment.

Proposed plans for the new town centre were announced last August and the central library design is the next step in the development timeline. It is expected to open in early 2017.

Barnsley Coun Roy Miller, cabinet member for place, said: “The central library is just one part of the overall town centre development scheme and its high quality design sets the standard for the new town centre.

“The town centre plans, set to boost regeneration and investment in the town, have been developed by working with our customers and partners.

“We’re creating a vibrant, walkable, family-friendly town centre full of opportunity and potential. It will be compact enough to be welcoming and accessible, but large enough to have a high quality market, shops, leisure and cultural facilities.

“All contractors for the project will be local wherever possible, with a focus on giving local young people new skills in construction.”

The aim is for the library to have a transparent glazed ‘skin’ which emits light to illuminate the new public square.

Offering almost double the space for IT facilities, the building is designed to meet the needs of a new generation of technology-savvy learners. The building is set to have a low energy usage, therefore costing less to run, and the useable roof with great views over the town offers opportunities for functions and events.

The Better Barnsley town centre development proposals include a central public square, refurbished and extended Metropolitan Centre, new library, new central car park, and a series of sites for development.

Changes are underway already and you can view the full proposal at www.barnsley.gov.uk/betterbarnsley

TIMELINE FOR A BETTER BARNSLEY

January 26 - Market briefing session for interested contractors

April 2015 - Demolition of Central offices and the bridge across Kendray Street begins

July 13 - Main contractor to be appointed

October 2015 onwards - Further demolition works

October 2016 - New town square

Early 2017 - New central library and revamped metropolitan centre and market hall

2017 - New shopping boulevard to be completed