Wednesday, August 31, 2016

News: Historic Rotherham building hits the market

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A prominent corner building at the foot of Rotherham town centre's regenerated High Street has gone up for sale.

38-40 College Street comprises a three storey, self contained building with a Portland Stone fa├žade and is being advertised with Sheffield advisors, Commercial Property Partners.

Totaling nearly 11,000 sq ft, the building is currently home to Eastwood Domestics in the 2,500 sq ft High Street unit and the vacant 4,000 sq ft former Dorothy Perkins and Burton unit. The second floor has its own entrance and was the home of Central Snooker Club, a club with an 80 year history.

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Described as a "prominent town centre retail investment" the freehold of the property has not been given a guide price.

The building is on Rotherham Civic Society's local list which compiles properties of architectural or historic interest. The society states that: "No.2 High Street had been purchased by Montague Burton Ltd in 1926 with a view to expanding its presence in Rotherham. Following discussions with the Rotherham Corporation it became apparent that, due to the highway authority's plans to ease the College Street / High Street corner, Nos. 4 & 6 would need to be acquired in order to provide a site of sufficient size for Burton's new premises.

"In December 1929 the company's proposals for the new store were approved and the old property was demolished. The new building, designed by Harry Wilson, Architect, of Roundhay in Leeds was completed in 1931."

A number of uses have been recorded since then including Hart's wallpaper shop, Peter Lord's shoe shop and a ballroom / dance hall above.

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Rotherham High Street has seen the restoration of 13 key properties thanks to a total of a £4.7m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Rotherham Council and the property owners.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme sees property owners and long term lease holders secure grants enabling them to restore, renovate and repair their historic buildings which are all within a conservation area that radiates from Rotherham Minster. The aim is to encourage new shops, apartments and businesses to locate in the town centre.

New independent retailers have ensured that the High Street is 100% let for the first time in years.

The council was denied the chance to continue the heritage-led regeneration when it was knocked back for further finance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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1 comments:

Cllr. Nigel Simpson August 31, 2016 at 12:52 PM  

Need to keep this building occupied to maintain the inside as well as help to preserve the outside...

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