Penistone Covered Market

Penistone Covered Market

Barnsley , UK
Brett Martin
Introduction
Penistone Open market, built for Barnsley County Council in 2010 as part of the Market Towns initiative to house the popular Farmers Market is the largest oak frame in the UK and stands a massive 24 metres wide, 35 metres long and 13 metres high and contains well in excess of 100 cubic metres of oak.
The iconic new market building at Penistone won the 2011 South Yorkshire and Humber LABC Building Excellence Awards to become Winner of the “Best Community Project Award”. The £1m Green Oak Frame building has also been named overall winner from all the classes to be awarded the “Winner of Winners” Award, against fierce competition from the £15m Sheffield Crucible Theatre Refurbishment Project and the £18m Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience Building, also in this category.
The architectural practice responsible for the project, WCEC Architects, is an award winning commercial practice specialising in urban regeneration and sustainable design and development. The retail market opened in late February 2011 and has been designed by WCEC to fully integrate with the Town Centre, built using historic methods with traditional materials to complement the surroundings and the conservation area in which it sits. It is the largest Oak Framed building in the country.
The project was designed with close discussion with the Local Planning Authority, to provide a scheme which would be suitable for many public uses including the local retail market and also achieve a high quality landmark building for Penistone.
This project of 'cathedral' proportions presented Carpenter Oak with exciting challenges in terms of workshop space and carpentry techniques to deal with the sheer scale and weight of the frames. A team of 10 carpenters worked for 10 weeks in the Framing Yard and then took only 2-3 weeks on site to raise the whole structure.
The site of the market is adjacent to the Conservation area; this area is of specific importance both historically and architecturally. Great care has been taken in the design to give a building that not only fits in the conservation area but enhances it too. The materials used are very traditional using historic methods to build an oak cruck timber frame and each material has been specifically chosen to either match or complement the local area and architectural style.
The main variation on the traditional design is the polycarbonate roof light system running the length of the ridge. This was chosen to give the building a modern twist, as well as add natural light to the public area.
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. Reflecting the architecture and materials of the area, the intricate beauty of this building, possibly the largest public oak frame built for hundreds of years, is a testament to the simple, yet ingenious traditional techniques used by the carpenters. Giving a contemporary edge to a traditional building, the market is capped by a 30metre long Polycarbonate pitched roof light glazed in clear 25mm Marlon ST multiwall polycarbonate sheet . The roof light allows natural daylight to flood into the building from the crown of the roof and highlights the intricate workmanship of the oak frame. At night when the building is lit, the roof light acts as a lantern making the building a new and interesting landmark on the towns skyline at night.
Key factors in the material selection of Marlon FSX polycarbonate for Penistone Open Market included:
- High optical clarity
- Light transmission
- Ease of workability and installation
- Flexibillity of design
- High strength to weight ratio
- Excellent fire performance
- UV protection

  • Date: 08 Dec, 2015
  • Category: DESIGN
  • Client: Brett Martin