On March 8th 2022 Hardscape and the IBI Group presented a brief look at how the transformation of Barnsley Town centre went from old to new creating a vibrant, thriving, and dynamic 21st Century market town with a brand new public open space Market Square. This included a significant extension and refurbishment of the market, a new public library, refurbishment of the metropolitan centre, a cinema, shopping arcade for all the community and beyond to enjoy.
Delving into the detail, IBI Groups’ Senior Landscape Architect, Duncan Waters, went back in time to reveal the history of the site and how inspiration was drawn from the surrounding beauty of the nearby Pennines to create the stunning detail of the water feature and surrounding areas.
Hardscape’s Senior Sales Manager, Ben Bevan, combined in the presentation with Duncan to draw upon similar examples of placemaking, that Hardscape had also undertaken, where historical context has helped to transform public space for use in the modern environment with well-being and sustainability high on the agenda in post-pandemic global environments.
Learning outcomes were covered in great detail with an understanding of the relationship between historical research, vision, design, sourcing ethical and sustainable materials which all reflected the initial brief. Going forward designers will be able to utilise this information and knowledge in their collaborative relationships within the placemaking environment for future projects.
Finally the presentation aimed to give an overview on the collaboration and relationships between the project team throughout the journey of a typical major UK public realm regeneration scheme.