Friday, May 17, 2024

News: Constituents' crime concerns at Carlton Park


Concerns are being raised about the goings on at a longstanding Rotherham hotel.

Local MP, Sarah Champion says that she has been made aware of "increasing issues with crime, drug use and anti-social behaviour in the Moorgate area and seemingly associated with the Carlton Park Hotel."

Since opening its doors in 1981, Carlton Park has hosted eberything from family events, party nights and visiting football teams. A change of ownership in 2019 saw Red Admiral Vintage pledge to embark on an extensive refurbishmnet but the hotel was closed during the COVID pandemic and has never fully reopened.

The MP believes that the issues are concerning, particularly given the close proximity of Thomas Rotherham College and Oakwood High School.

In a letter to Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police, Sarah Champion says: "Residents have contacted me reporting an increase in anti-social behaviour, drug activity and drinking in the area. Residents are concerned that this is linked to the Carlton Park Hotel.

"Residents understand that the hotel is not open to paying guests, but that people arrive and leave at all hours, many of whom appear to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

"Constituents have suggested that the building may be being used as a bail hostel or halfway house."

Authorities are being asked regarding the use of the hotel and the operations at the building.

DJ Hotels & Resorts Ltd had been operating the site but Barton Huxley Management Ltd, a London-registed asset management firm, is currently responsible for the business rates for the premises.

The hotel continues to take bookings and its website states that: "While we are working hard to restore facilities please bear with us while our pool & dining options are closed.

Some recent online reviews seem to back up residents' claims.

One reviewer said last month: "No way can I recommend this hotel to stay in. It’s shabby and run down. I was confronted by a drunk man who was just outside reception. He appeared to be living in the hotel and was aggressive and had wet himself. After confronting us he wandered back inside."

Images: Google Maps


News: More residential for Rotherham town centre


Further properties in Rotherham town centre could be converted into housing under newly submitted plans, including at the heart of the heritage high street.

At 21 High Street, in the middle of a row of restored heritage buildings, plans have been submitted to add another storey and create three flats above Cutthroats barbers.

The application, from local firm, SME Holdings Ltd, explains: "The current ceiling heights are generous and the loft space above is also of a generous nature. Our proposal is to remove the existing metal flat roof and replace it with a more traditional pitched roof. At this time we will also increase the height of the building by adding approximately 1.2m of masonry to the South, East and West elevation.

"The appearance of the property will be altered in an attempt to make better use of the current space on offer. By increasing the roof height slightly and by the installation of a more traditional pitched roof we can remove the unsightly metal flat roof and metal side cladding to the West side and return the property to a more traditional aesthetic that will be more in keeping with the street scene."

One major change is the proposal to remove the flat timber cladding used as advertising in the past to the upper façade of the building so that windows can be added.

Applicants say that the retension of the timber side fluted piers and the addition of a traditional pitched roof will enhance the character of the building, which is in the town's conservation area.

At 16A Bridgegate, plans have been submitted for a change of use to the upper floor from office to studio apartments and construction of extension to rear at second floor.

The objective of the application from Mr Khalid is to change the use of the existing office into two studio apartments.

Plans are further advanced for the corner of Corporation Street and Upper Millgate, where an application has recently been approved.

Starting life as a restaurant before becoming a nightclub - known to many as Crestas, Precint or Diamonds - applicant, AKM Holding LTD, has secured planning permission for a change of use to use the space as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) with nine bedrooms.

With conditions around noise, planners conclude: "Having regard to the above the conversion of the upper floors of this building would be an acceptable form of development, which subject to conditions will ensure that future occupants are not adversely affected by existing town centre uses."

Images: Google Maps


News: Science firm expands at Rotherham's AMP


A group of life science companies that consolidated their brands onto one site in Rotherham continue to expand.

Rothbiz reported in 2022 that a number of similar firms under the Calibre Scientific portfolio were operating from the R-evolution Phase 3 scheme at the world-renowned Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. The move from Sheffield was expected to bring significant growth and expansion opportunities.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Los Angeles, USA, Calibre Scientific is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and distributor of consumable products in the life sciences and diagnostics markets. The business has continually expanded through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, and today has a broad portfolio of more than 3,000 products, which it sells into over 100 countries worldwide.

Calibre Scientific UK has now signed a ten year lease for Units 11A and 11B at R-evolution 4, going from 10,000 sq ft to over 40,000 sq ft.

Andy Wright, Head of Manufacturing, Calibre Scientific said: “Calibre Scientific are delighted to expand our presence on the AMP, since first setting up on the park in 2022. The leasing of these new state-of-the-art units allows us to significantly expand our operations and build our global presence, while cementing our position as one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing life-science providers.

“Focusing our expansion within the AMP, demonstrates our commitment to the region, and plans to build a life-science campus, achievable through our successful partnership with the Harworth Group and other local business providers.”

R-evolution 4 comprises c83,000 sq. ft of modern flexible business space. The BREEAM “Very Good” certified, EPC A rated development includes rooftop solar PV panels, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting and EV charging points.

Following practical completion in December 2023, Harworth has now leased over 50% of the space within four months of completion, with c37,500 sq. ft of space remaining available for occupation, across units 8A, 8B and 9.

Jonathan Haigh, Chief Investment Officer, Harworth Group, said: “This letting demonstrates our ability to support business growth, as Calibre Scientific adds to its existing presence on the AMP by expanding into newly developed space at R-evolution 4. Together we are realising the vision and benefits to the region of enlarging this established vibrant cluster demonstrating the powerful role of the AMP as a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing, science and innovation in the UK. We’ve experienced strong demand from occupiers for our high specification R-evolution 4 scheme, with half of the available space now let, and positive discussions ongoing with additional prospective occupiers.”

Harworth was advised by Knight Frank and CPP.

Calibre Scientific website
Harworth website

Images: Harworth


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

News: £36m - final price for Rotherham Markets redevelopment confirmed


Rotherham Council will pay £36m for the redevelopment of Rotherham Markets and an adjacent new library, which forms a key part of the wider town centre masterplan.

Henry Boot has announced that its construction business has been appointed to deliver the project.

Rothbiz revealed back in 2022 that the firm, which has its headquarters in Sheffield and consrtuction offices in Dronfield, was being lined up for the project but that rising prices had created delays.

Having secured government money (£8.9m) from the Future High Streets Fund in 2020 for the project, a funding gap of £9.8m was identified in 2022, largely due to the impact of inflation on the project delivery costs.

In December, Rotherham Council's cabinet committed to pay for the redevelopment with the final price signed off in March.

With £4m already spent on the project, Henry Boot began a £2.1m enabling works contract at the end of 2023.

The project comprises a major refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing indoor and outdoor Rotherham Markets. This will include creating a vibrant new food hall and dining area on the first level above the existing ground floor retail, in addition to new workspace for charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups on the second floor.

While the refurbished adjoining outdoor market will continue to be used predominantly as a market for local traders, it will also be redeveloped for use as a multi-functional space to host exhibitions and community events. A new library will also be built to offer a café, meeting rooms and flexible gallery space.

As part of Henry Boot Construction’s objective to make a positive impact in the region, the business has committed to deliver significant social value, employing local subcontractors, creating jobs and delivering training initiatives during construction.

The contract was procured and awarded to Henry Boot Construction through the Crown Commercial Services’ (CCS) Construction Works and Associated Services framework.

Tim Roberts, CEO of Henry Boot, said: “The Rotherham Markets is an important and significant local redevelopment and the fact that we have won this project is testament to the strength of our construction business and its track record of high-quality delivery, having led on major urban regeneration projects in Barnsley and Sheffield over recent years. In what is a challenging market for the sector, this latest contract means that we have now secured over 60% of our order book for 2024 and continue to work hard to grow our pipeline in our target markets.”

Andrew Bramidge, Interim Strategic Director for Regeneration & Environment at Rotherham Council, added: “We’re delighted to secure Henry Boot Construction as our partner in delivering this latest regeneration project in our historic town centre. Their building expertise will help breathe life into our detailed plans for this key location and produce an impressive new venue for present and future generations to enjoy."

Henry Boot is undertaking current regeneration work at the Heart of the City scheme in Sheffield city centre. It also worked on the new markets and library and the wider Glass Works scheme in Barnsley town centre.

Henry Boot website

Images: RMBC


News: Kiveton Tap's turn to fully open


Another micropub is set to open in the Rotherham borough, following the granting of planning permission.

Rothbiz recently reported on a planning application being submitted for a change of use at a vacant cafe in Kiveton so that it could be used as a drinking establishment.

The plans for the Kiveton Tap have now been approved by Rotherham Council, without going to the planning board, and come with a number of conditions.

Having been operating as a bottle shop on Wales Road, the one room micropub can now open to serve "mainly local cask ales from the region and to promote conversation with low level atmospheric background music."

Support and objection was put forward by locals and Environmental Health conlcuded that there is potential for noise nuisance to neighbouring residential premises.

Applicant, Mark Whiteman, said that the premises are willing to upgrade the existing ceiling and eastern party wall insulation to reduce impact on neighbours and planning conditions restrict opening hours to 10pm, with no seats or tables to be placed outdoors.

Planners conclude that, whilst not a traditional High Street use, the proposals will "add to the viability and vitality of the existing shopping centre by encouraging people into the area throughout the day."

Similar to the decision on the new micropub in Dinnington, planners add: "The Policy notes that drinking establishments are not considered appropriate, micropubs are a relatively new innovation and are much smaller than traditional pubs/bars. As noted above, the proposed microbar will be open for part of the daytime period as well, and the applicant has indicated that it would also be used for the retail sale of drinks to be consumed off the premises.

"Whilst the proposed micropub is not a preferred use for a prime shopping street it is considered that in this instance the proposal will bring back a vacant unit into use helping to contribute to the vitality and viability of the Town Centre providing a day/night time facility for the local community that could encourage linked trips to other uses without being harmful to area."

Kiveton Tap website

Images: Kiveton Tap

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