Funded by Barnsley Council, The Glass Works includes 100,000 sq ft of new retail space, over 25,000 sq ft of food and drink units and over 90,000 sq ft of leisure facilities including a Cineworld cinema and Superbowl UK. Lareine Engineering was called on by main contractor Henry Boot Construction to install a 1550m2 double glazed canopy to the main thoroughfares – as well as smoke curtains, forming part of the designer’s fire safety strategy.
The existing Metropolitan Centre was built on the Glass Works site in 1972. Incorporating Barnsley’s historic market, the building required a comprehensive refurbishment, having previously been subject to several layout changes, resulting in the space becoming cramped and outdated.
The completed project has created a contemporary, multi-use environment that’s bright, spacious and accessible – and which is expected to stimulate Barnsley’s economic growth over the coming years.
The first phase of the redevelopment saw Barnsley Markets move to a contemporary new home in 2018, followed by the new state-of-the-art Library @ the Lightbox and Market Kitchen, both of which opened their doors to the public in 2019.
Having submitted a successful tender for roof glazing and smoke control in early 2019, Lareine Engineering started work on-site as part of phase two of the project in August 2020 – which consisted of the primary retail and leisure elements of the development.
The company designed and installed a Solus Monopitch rooflight in an ‘L’ configuration to cover the main shopping mall areas. Leg one measures 99.2m x 7.5m; and leg two, 82.5m x 10.2m, giving a total area of approximately 1550m2. This provides high levels of natural daylight, creating a safe, healthy and attractive environment for shoppers and visitors to the other amenities.
The rooflight was fixed to a steel support structure (by others) and double glazed to class 1 non-fragility for maintenance purposes and the aluminium glazing bars were powder coated to a special colour: YW255F Golden Beach.
In addition to roof glazing, Lareine Engineering’s ventilation division provided, installed and commissioned two active smoke curtains and associated controls. These were fitted to the underside of plasterboard bulkheads inside the walkway, to compartmentalise the covered walkway in the event of a fire.
Successful completion under challenging conditions
With the bulk of Lareine Engineering’s work on this project carried out during different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic, the site operated regular testing for all site personnel and required enhanced PPE. Mobile tower cranes were required at several locations for the glazing installation.
Mathew Clarke, Contracts Manager, Henry Boot Construction, explained: “From the initial design tender, to final completion on-site, the Lareine Engineering teams worked to a high standard and maintained excellent communications. We are delighted with their contribution to this important project.”
The Glass Works opened on schedule, in the summer of 2021 and now welcomes thousands of shoppers and visitors each week.