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Penistone Public Market

One of the largest public timber frames in the UK

Client: Barnsley Borough Council

Location: Penistone, Yorkshire

Completed: 2010

Architect: WCEC

Features: Nine 13-metre high sling braces

Awards: Two South Yorkshire & Humber LABC building excellence awards; Best Community Project and Winner of Winners

A colossal, green oak frame to help maintain local market business and trade

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.

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