Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News: Flyover makes way as Tesco development progresses

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Contractors, ISG, are making good progress on the new £40m Tesco development in Rotherham town centre, with all of the former civic buildings demolished and the Centenary Way flyover the next in line to be removed.

The first phase of the project is the construction of a new road junction onto Centenary Way, paving the way for the demolition of the flyover that is due to commence from the first weekend in November, requiring a series of weekend closures of Centenary Way.

Between the five weekend closures, contractors will carrying out demolition to the bridge either side of the ring road.

At the same time a pedestrian crossing in the same location is expected to greatly improve pedestrian access into Rotherham town centre and a new junction between Kenneth Street and Centenary Way is also to be constructed.

Developers TCN UK secured planning permission for a new 110,000 sq ft superstore last year which also includes 540 parking spaces and a petrol filling station on a five-acre site that has been home to a number of council buildings.

On the site itself, the construction of the concrete retaining wall along Nottingham Street has begun, along with some of the building's pad foundations.

Service diversions have been undertaken and the redevelopment of Effingham Square is due to complete in November. This will see the fully refurbished grade II listed Hastings Clock installed back in the square.

Replacing the Forge Island store, the new Tesco Extra is planned to open in January 2015.

ISG website

Images: TCN / Smith Smalley

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