Friday, April 4, 2014

News: Apartment block plan for fire hit site

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Early stage discussions are taking place between developers and Rotherham Council regarding a high quality mixed use development on the site of two large burnt out buildings on Corporation Street in Rotherham town centre.

Outline plans have been drawn up for a six storey building that would incorporate retail units on the ground floor with four floors of apartments topped by two penthouses with terracing and roof gardens set to be owned and occupied by the developers.

The "unique and high architectural quality" building would replace the former Envy nightclub building, which suffered a malicious fire in 2007, and Muskaan restaurant, which was closed after a fire in 2011. Left empty ever since, and whilst not structurally unsafe, the buildings are widely acknowledged to be an eyesore.

Plans show that the owner of the former nightclub site is looking to purchase the adjacent former restaurant site to enable a larger development of 48 two bedroom apartments to come forward, a prospect which makes more financial sense than a development on a single plot.

The council are offering support regarding the proposed retail uses on the ground floor and funding is being investigated to support the much needed housing element.
The plans, drawn up by architect Mark Morley, state the client intends to use high quality materials throughout such as crisp white render, stepped out windows and glazed balustrades. This is echoed by the fact that the client himself (along with his business partner and co-funder) intend to take residence in the two penthouses.

The plans state: "The removal of two fire damaged properties on this key node point within the central Minster Gardens [area] is all important and that in itself will drastically improve the perception of the town centre.

"The developer aims to purchase the adjacent site and create a bespoke, beautiful architecture building that will further enhance the overall regeneration of the area and introduce social and economic benefits through the retail units.

"Perhaps more important will be the introduction of a new sustainable city centre living community which will ultimately benefit the immediate area."

A full planning application is expected to follow.

Images: Mark Morley

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