Monday, February 2, 2009

News: Rotherham's Renaissance plans press on


Rotherham’s regeneration is taking another massive step forward, with yet another site being cleared for development in the £2bn town centre Renaissance programme. Demolition work has started at the All Saints’ Building, between Corporation Street and the Minster, to make way for high-quality offices, shops and more. The eight-week demolition programme is preparing the way for a four-storey building to complement the rest of a mixed-use scheme in the area by Liverpool-based developer Iliad. The new building will create 33,000 sq ft of offices above nearly 12,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space – all in a prime central location. It will also have 49 underground car parking spaces for workers, easing slightly the current pressure on parking. Iliad director Bill Addy said: "We are operating in a challenging market but our All Saint’s Building is continuing to press ahead and the need for high-quality town-centre office space and better retail units has always been strong." Paul Lancaster of property agents Lane Walker, who are representing Iliad's town centre developments, said: "Despite the current downturn we have been pleased with the number of commercial enquiries received for the ground floor commercial units in both Imperial Buildings and The Old Market. Of the 7,000 sq ft of commercial space within the Old Market development, 5,000 has been secured, subject to contract, and terms have been agreed with three retailers for Imperial Buildings with strong interest from four other potential occupiers." Paul Woodcock, the Borough Council’s director of planning and regeneration said: "This is good news for Rotherham and its Renaissance and hopefully people are now beginning to see it and believe that change really is occurring now in the town centre. "Nothing can take away the pain for the people losing their jobs in the recent job-cuts, but this is yet more visible evidence that there is still plenty of hope in the borough."
Rotherham Renaissance website


Anonymous,  February 3, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Let us indeed hope that the Rotherham Renaissance will be as productive and long-lasting as the Italian Renaissance and produce buildings of equal architectural merit and beauty. That said I don't think that Rotherham will ever feature on "The Grand Tour" not while "the evening economy" prevails with its pavement pizzas and shopdoor urinals. Yours in Hope, BramleyBoy

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