Wednesday, January 7, 2009

News: New railway station for Rotherham gains planning approval


South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has gained planning approval from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for radical proposals for a striking new £7.5m Central Railway Station in the town centre. Architects, Aedas, produced the plans that involve replacing the existing building with a modern, lightweight entrance structure which will include a new passenger waiting lounge, ticket office and retail area. Extensive improvements to the platforms, access, car parking and CCTV are also included. The architectural design focuses on creating a building of iconic character, incorporating a dynamic roof. SYPTE’s Head of Transport Integration, David Young, said: "With nearly half a million people a year using the station, it is vital that we improve this first impression rail users get of our town." The project forms a significant part of the Rotherham Renaissance programme in which a number of projects were completed last year. The new Rotherham Leisure Complex opened and NHS Rotherham Health Centre opens soon. Two of Iliad’s commercial and apartment developments, Imperial Buildings and The Old Market, are nearing completion with most of the apartments sold. Council leader Cllr Roger Stone said: "A key priority for the Renaissance Town Team, which drew up the masterplan, was for Rotherham to be better connected. This iconic design will give passengers a more pleasant travelling experience and better access – and will provide another quality landmark for the town centre." Works are provisionally programmed to start at the station at the end of 2009 and be completed by early 2011. To reduce disruption to rail users, the existing station will remain open and fully operational for the duration of the works.


Anonymous,  January 25, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

Looks like plenty of nice flat roofs to hold water and ensure that the life of the entire building will be about as long as St Ann's flats, and just as aesthetically pleasing. As Cllr Stone says "Another iconic Rotherham building" for sure. It just can't get any better in 4-star Rotherham!! From BramleyBoy

Tom Austen February 16, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

Thanks for the comment BramleyBoy. I've just been looking through the approved plans and it looks like the platform canopies and the roof of the proposed station building are both slanted. The dynamic roof of the station building is designed to allow for the "practical installation of solar panels." The design is from global architectural firm, Aedas, who have won awards for buildings constructed across the globe. We should be thankful that they've even took the time to look at our town. If we don't take pride in our new buildings they will end up covered in graffiti and urine like the current station.


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