Tuesday, October 22, 2019

News: Rotherham markets redevelopment on the table again

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Black Cat Building Consultancy and Greig and Stephenson Architects have been appointed to work with Rotherham Council and stakeholders to help prepare and develop plans for the markets.

The regeneration of Rotherham markets is identified as a key project within the Town Centre Masterplan.

The new work will support the Council's Future High Street Fund bid. Rotherham is one of the shortlisted areas that will receive up to £150,000 of new funding to work up a detailed bid for town centre improvements. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will work closely with each area to help them develop various schemes.

The £122,000 contracts were awarded after tender exercises carried out earlier this year.

The masterplan outlined in 2017 that the popularity of the markets has "kept the town alive" but added that parts of the complex on Drummond Street are underutilised.

Following consultation, the masterplan proposed a simple solution to enhance the existing site and improve linkages to the nearby £40m Tesco Extra store. The demolition of Council-owned units around the edge of the outdoor covered market was proposed with a new attractive stepped entrance and space for a new community advice hub.

The masterplan hinted that removing buildings would open up the architectural features that are already there such as the roof canopies.

Earlier this year, the Council said that it is considering moving the library back across town into a new community/cultural hub that could be located in the Markets.

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£25,000 was secured in 2013 to carry out work to understand a refurbishment scheme for the indoor market. Options for the redevelopment of the outdoor tented market were devised and cost estimates to deliver the works are in the order of £4m.

Given the costs and lack of available funding, the Council has targeted small scale improvements to enhance the entrances to, and exterior of, the Markets Complex in the short term.

In 2014, the Retail Group was brought in at a cost of £19,000 to identify the future strategy and growth plan for the town centre markets, and the right offer for the town and its customers.

Further public realm improvements could also take place in Effingham Square near Tesco, the markets and the bus station and "College Fields" could be created between the market and the college campus.

A public information event on open spaces and the public realm is taking place at the Tuesday street market on October 29 from 10am to 2pm.

Rotherham Town Centre website

Images: RMBC / WYG

5 comments:

Mr me October 22, 2019 at 1:45 PM  

Rotherham dosnt need more open spaces and "fields" in town centre,why when it's got Clifton park virtually in town centre? It needs development and things to attract people, not more open areas for local lowlife to drink and congregate on!
RMBC ain't got a clue😒

Anonymous,  October 22, 2019 at 9:08 PM  

The more green space the better. Make it more attractive for further investment and housing. It would also give it something different to soulless malls and windswept retail parks.

Anonymous,  October 23, 2019 at 12:05 AM  

Supposed to be a town centre, not a park for wineows and smack rats to congregate, oh and as for housing, well we saw the councils plans for town centre "town houses" last week, they aint got a clue, yeah great build town house that will soon be low life ghettos, where the better option is many more units in quality high rise apartments aimed at young professionals, who spend money in a night time economy, but get this is Rotherham, they aim low for the gutter life,RMBC AIN'T GOT A CLUE

Unknown October 23, 2019 at 6:01 PM  

It's all down to money. Nobody wants to invest in Rotherham. This story has been going on for the last 25 years. All what happens with councils is that any money that is recieved is spent on surveyors and architects that do nothing.

Anonymous,  October 24, 2019 at 12:28 PM  

Quality apartments are the way, Rotherham is so close to Sheffield and much cheaper that it can latch on to professionals and indeed students who currently pay much more to live in Sheffield, add to this the tram train directly into Sheffield and the Forge island project and an improving night time economy, and proximity to meadow Hall and Rotherham is an attractive option for the professional or student living in Sheffield. As previously stated by another poster, RMBC ain't got a clue, to busy keeping minority groups happy!

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