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Alhambra's New-Look Frontage Making Progress

Friday October 24 2014


Artist's impression Artist's impression


THE Alhambra's new-look frontage is set to be ready for the Christmas period.

Old red brickwork and the mezzanine level have been removed from the shopping centre's left-hand side and the new framework and glazing have already been installed.

Automatic doors have been put in and with the hoardings planned for removal next week, the second phase of the development will then commence.

A spokesperson from Better Barnsley said: "The entire old dome roof has now been removed and the steel structure is in place.

"The front part which overlooks Cheapside is complete and we're very pleased with the result.

"The Alhambra team expect this project to be finished by mid-November and are very excited to unveil the finished product."

The investment has come from landlords F&C Reit.

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Reply Posted by Mr C on Friday October 24 2014 at 15:45
At least something in Barnsley has improved

Reply Posted by murk on Saturday October 25 2014 at 08:51
I was quite impressed when I went into town the other day, they're cracking on putting the market stalls up and it already looks busier in town for it. People are forever going on about how much better was when the market was outside - so let's see if it is!
You never know, increasing the passing footfall on the main shopping area might even tempt a few high street chains back.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Saturday October 25 2014 at 11:36
murk - you must be so happy in your life ( not ) if this impressed you. how sad.

Reply Posted by murk on Saturday October 25 2014 at 14:54
I somehow manage to be happy, it's a terrible curse I'm sure.
Looking beyond the mundane bellyaching of WAB-ers and seeing the reality of work actually having been started and not just talked about, seeing that people wanted to market back out on the streets so they're getting and as a by-product of that the stalls take up all the room and make the streets look busier.

Reply Posted by h. on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 09:06
Guido, why do you comment here? You really are a nasty piece of work.

Has all your family and friends left you because you are a D...? Go find somewhere else to comment please.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Saturday October 25 2014 at 11:49
It only looking busy because stalls are taking up all room were everyone used to walk really its same amount of people

Reply Posted by miss best on Saturday October 25 2014 at 13:53
murk how the hell can it look busy when the stalls not even finished n alhambras nt finished a u really that daft

Reply Posted by jackie on Monday October 27 2014 at 17:10
It looks fab but just needs more shops to make it worth the visit....when I call in to town after 30 minutes I'm leaving far too many £1 shops and nothing else

Reply Posted by Donna on Monday October 27 2014 at 17:15
They need to make new toilets first.
There's only the alambra ones i will use when I go to town because they are the only ones I can take my children and baby in.

The interchange ones I can't take my kids in and the pram,

The disabled one is filthy and stinks.

And the town public toilets..
.. Well there's the stairs and when you get down the stairs the stench hits you first. And need I say more!

There's no way I'd let my children use them!




Reply Posted by optimistic on Monday October 27 2014 at 18:59
Murk you seem like you know what your talking about. There is a lot of negative attitude towards the improvements. Has anyone ever decorated their house? It looks rubbish for a little bit. But after the hard work has been put in and the slight distruption is over. It looks great.

On a similar note. The complaints about the lack of retail stores in town are fair enough. But the stores aren't going there for the time being as there are new units waiting to be built and a lot of companys wont pay for temparory stores that after they refurmb and brand will be demolished. So they're simply waiting. Until then utalise the markets and embrace the new framework for the new BETTER BARNSLEY!

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 23:01
There are very few retail units to be provided by the council in the redeveloped town centre, despite them claiming that they are spending £42m of our money.

The Alhambra centre is reducing retail space by roughly 10% and is also reducing the size of the car park.

Reply Posted by ray on Monday October 27 2014 at 19:28
Optimistic i like your attitude but you are ill informed. The big retailers are moving out not waiting to move in unfortunately. The years of apathy by our beloved council have left a town centre that the people with the dpending power now avoid. They've lost generations of shoppers through lack of action.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday November 2 2014 at 15:12
I concur!

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday October 27 2014 at 19:58
Why is better Barnsley commenting on this by the way ( isn't better barnsley the rebranded failed "remaking barnsley") Another company set up to do the regeneration. I thought this was a private enterprise?

Reply Posted by keith on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 00:01
There,s a booming trade in foreign shops in Barnsley, i.e Sheffield road, Peel street, etc, the "guts" have been ripped out of Barnsley for Bargains for Barnsley people, never to return.

Reply Posted by jackie on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 08:28
If only there was a list of potential shops opening Dorothy Perkins as just shut after 30 years of being in Barnsley can't see Littlewoods or bhs returning lets hope your right optimistic I for one will start paying for parking as worth a visit

Reply Posted by kim on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 22:14
Its not as good now with out the mush room seat and the two step roundabout i cant believe they got rid of it its been there my whole life :'(