Decision details

Future High Street Funding and Development of The Seam Digital Campus (Cab.8.9.2021/10)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the vision and procurement strategy to deliver the first phase of The Seam Digital Campus and approve Future High Street funding projects.


RESOLVED that Cabinet approved:-


1.         The core values, vision and principles for developing ‘The Seam’: Barnsley’s Digital Campus, creating a new digital campus neighbourhood at the heart of the town centre;


2.         The Future High Street projects ‘Embedding Glass Works’ and ‘The Seam Digital Campus’ as set out in section 4 of the report;


3.         Formally accepting the Future High Street Funding allocation of £15.6m from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG);


4.         Provision of match funding by the Council, required to deliver the Future High Street funded projects as outlined in paragraph 9.10 and agreed to release a portion of that funding (paragraph 9.17 refers) ‘at risk’ to support the activities required for i) ongoing programme management and ii) scheme development up RIBA Stage 2;


5.         The procurement strategy for The Seam, detailed in section 4 of the report and the Legal Service Director and Solicitor to the Council, in consultation with Executive Director Place, be authorised to undertake the necessary procurement exercises to progress the project, publish and accept tenders and appoint consultants/contractors to deliver a professional project management and design team for The Seam;


6.         The procurement of a professional team to design a piece of high-quality public realm on the site of the demolished building at 35 Eldon Street (former chip shop);


7.         That the Service Director Regeneration and Culture be authorised to engage with businesses, wider stakeholders and the public as appropriate throughout the design development and delivery of The Seam;


8.         That the Executive Director Core Services be authorised to apply for any necessary consents, license arrangements, footpath diversions, traffic regulation orders, closure orders and side road orders that may be required as part of developing the scheme;


9.         That the Service Director Regeneration and Culture be authorised to enter into a basic asset protection agreement with Network Rail to commence discussions on developing The Seam Digital Campus adjacent to the railway line and additional site investigations as required;


10.      The governance arrangements for The Seam project as set out in sections 4.61 – 4.63 of the report; and


11.      Noted that a further report would be submitted to Cabinet following completion of the RIBA Stage 2 work in order to present a detailed budget cost plan for consideration.

Publication date: 08/09/2021

Date of decision: 08/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 08/09/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 15/09/2021

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