Monday, October 13, 2008

News: Rotherham’s future looks bright despite gloom


Developers and key partners behind the £2bn regeneration Rotherham Renaissance programme are "desperately keen" to push ahead with their ambitious plans for transformation. Their positive take on the future of projects is in stark contrast to the global economic gloom. At an unveiling of an architect’s scale model of the vision for the town centre, driven by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and a broad-based Town Team, the partners agreed Rotherham was bucking the national trend, with a bright future ahead of it. Director of town centre development partner TCN UK Stephen Holme said: "What’s happening in Rotherham is exciting. Yes, we’re in this economic climate, and we’re not blasé about it, but we can’t change it except through our determination to press ahead with well-thought-out, soundly-funded, schemes. The opportunities the Rotherham programme offers are still viable and exciting and we are desperately keen to crack on with it." Much of that redevelopment is already under way, and much more will take place over the next five years. Already the first phase of the town centre transformation is taking shape. The £37m All Saints’ Quarter, providing a mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential space is bursting into life, with three of the five sites to be completed this year by award-winning Liverpool-based developer Iliad. Rotherham Borough Council’s strategic director for Environment and Development Services, Karl Battersby, said: "The town centre renaissance is mirroring the massive regeneration that has transformed the rest of the 110-sq-mile borough, spearheaded by the council’s regeneration arm, Rotherham Investment & Development Office. We’re bringing sustainable futures to former coalfield sites in particular. Major changes were needed, and they’re being delivered. The town centre model highlights the scale of what Rotherham and the developers have planned."


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