Client: Barnsley Borough Council
Location: Penistone, Yorkshire
Features: Nine 13-metre high sling braces
Awards: Two South Yorkshire & Humber LABC building excellence awards; Best Community Project and Winner of Winners
Built as a commission for Barnsley Borough Council, the Penistone Public Market brief looked to create an undercover area to accommodate the existing market traders, in light of Tesco’s plans to build a supermarket nearby. From the offset, we knew that this was a job that had the potential to be unlike any other.
Completed in 2010, Penistone was part of the market town’s initiative to house the popular farmers market. The finished structure is one of the largest oak frames in the UK.
Standing at a massive 24 metres wide, 35 metres long and 13 metres high, the frame contains well in excess of 100 cubic metres of oak.
Incorporating a unique hand crafted oak frame, this iconic market building of cathedral proportions mixes the traditional with the modern to create a distinctive building for the town and the community.Read more
What really made this job stand out was its sheer scale and size. With the walls measuring in at nearly 40 meters long and the cross frames measuring in at 13 meters from floor to apex it really was a monster of a frame. Its size required us to seek additional workshop space at a local farm to accommodate the length of the frame, a total of 10 carpenters worked on the project.