The start of work on a long awaited commercial project in Penistone has been celebrated this week with an official soil cutting on site.
Work is now underway on the Gateway project in the town which will bring a brand new commercial development to the heart of Penistone.
The transformation of this key site, which fronts St Mary’s Street, is the final piece of the jigsaw of the town centre development which has been delivered by Barnsley based company Dransfield Properties Ltd, working in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
The company has attracted £1.2 million of investment from the European Union to bring forward this final phase of the project with grant funding through the European Regional Development Fund as part of the support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.
And the start of construction work on the development was marked by leader of Barnsley Council Cllr Steve Houghton cutting the first soil – and welcoming this further investment in the town.
Cllr Houghton said: “It’s great to see what has already been achieved in the town with the new supermarket and the award winning market building so I’m delighted to be here to see this next phase of work getting started.”
Construction work, undertaken by PDR Construction, will be completed ready for opening in November when businesses will be able to move into their new office and commercial units.
The earlier phases of the £15 million town centre regeneration scheme included a new Tesco foodstore and town centre car park as well as an award winning oak built market hall. The town’s fire and ambulance stations were also relocated in 2009 to brand new purpose built premises at Springvale in Penistone.
Several local businesses are already committed to taking space in the Gateway once it’s completed. The new development will accommodate up to 80 jobs as well as regenerating a run-down site in the town bringing;
• Six new commercial units ranging in size from 1,200 sq ft to 2,400 sq ft
• Up to 21 first floor office units for start up businesses
• 25 new staff car parking spaces
• A shared lobby and facilities
Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield said: “We have been working in Penistone for many years now and it is a great milestone for us as a company to be starting work on the Gateway project which is the final phase of the town centre development.
“The architecture is of a really high quality and we wanted to develop something that would fit in and enhance the town. We’ve already had a good deal of interest from companies interested in the development which is great news for the town and shows the confidence there is in the area. We look forward to the project’s completion later this year.”
Anyone interested in the remaining available space at The Gateway should contact David Hale on 01226 360644. For further information about Dransfield Properties visit www.dransfield.co.uk
Notes to Editors
Yorkshire and The Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013
The European Regional Development Fund Programme is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government on behalf of a local partnership including the National Government, European Commission and local bodies. The programme has €583 million from the European Regional Development Fund to invest by 2013. Further information about the ERDF Programme in Yorkshire and The Humber, including information about the projects that are receiving ERDF Investment, is available at https://www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding
European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was established in 1975 to stimulate economic development in regions of the European Union. ERDF is provided to support the European Union’s cohesion policy that seeks to redress imbalances in development between regions and Member States. It is used to support projects that can help local economies address the challenges of globalisation and contribute to delivering Europe’s 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Information about the European Union’s support for regions is available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm