Town centre development wins major regional award

Town centre development wins major regional award

Town centre development wins major regional award

May 2015

The South Yorkshire company Dransfield Properties Ltd has won a prestigious regional award for a major regeneration project of the market town of Penistone, near Barnsley.

The company was awarded an RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award in the regeneration category at a ceremony held in York on Friday (May 15th) – the scheme was praised for the quality of the development as well as the wider benefits it had brought to the town.

The £15 million development has transformed a key site in Penistone and brought new retail, office and community facilities to the town as well as creating new employment opportunities. The latest phase of the project, Penistone 1, was completed in spring 2014 bringing a new commercial development and office suites to the heart of the town centre.

The scheme was one of four projects to be shortlisted in the regeneration category alongside developments in Hull, Leeds and Wetherby and at the ceremony held at the National Railway Museum the judges announced Dransfield Properties as the winner of the category.

The development team was presented  with the award by the star of Location, Location, Location, Phil Spencer and the project will now go through to the national finals of the RICS Awards in London in October.  The judges praised the Penistone project for revitalising the town centre and bringing new life and vitality to the area. 

The phased development has created brand new and upgraded facilities for the fire and ambulance services in the South Yorkshire town which were relocated as part of the master-planned scheme. A new all-weather bowling green, as well as an upgraded trans-pennine trail link were also completed as well as a new Tesco food store, town centre car park and a landmark markets building.

Retail Property Director at Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley, said: “It is always extremely rewarding and particularly pleasing when our own industry recognises the work we do. To win this award from the RICS in Yorkshire is fantastic and everyone who has been involved in the project should have a great sense of pride in this achievement.
“Real and sustainable regeneration can take many years to come to fruition and our development in Penistone has been complex and phased over a number of years with the completion in Spring last year of the final phase with the Penistone 1 project.”

The Tesco foodstore opened in 2010 and the Penistone 1 development which was the final phase of the regeneration scheme was completed last year and officially opened by the leader of Barnsley Council Sir Stephen Houghton in April 2014.

For the Penistone 1 part of the project Dransfield Properties attracted £1.2 million of investment from the European Union to bring forward the project with grant funding through the European Regional Development Fund through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.

The first phase of the development has created 170 new jobs and the new Penistone 1 scheme has brought 64 new jobs into the town and supported more than 40 volunteer and work experience opportunities.

The scheme has been designed by Chesterfield based WCEC Architects. The latest phase of the project, Penistone 1, was built by PDR Construction.

Picture shows: Members of the DPL team with Phil Spencer at the award ceremony at the Yorkshire Railway Museum and Andrew Malley (holding the award) and members of the DPL team at the Penistone 1 project.

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