Thursday, July 21, 2011

News: New town centre public realm to be unveiled


New urban green space in Rotherham town centre is to be unveiled this month as part of "RotherFest", a day of celebration and events.

The Minster Gardens, located on the footprint of the former All Saints' Building, will be officially opened on Friday July 29.

The suggestion for the creation of the half acre Minster Gardens came about after magnificent views of Rotherham Minster were revealed after the All Saints' Building was demolished.

The Gardens, which are set to complement the re-vamped Imperial Buildings, will feature a specific space for open-air events, as well as stepped seating, formal lawns, grass terracing and a meadow area.

Developed and carried out by Rotherham Council, the project secured funding from a number of sources including Yorkshire Forward and the Council themselves.

To add a traditional twist, the design incorporates the original foundation stones of Rotherham's historic market hall, located on the site of the multimillion pound Old Market development, will now be used to create unique amphitheatre style seating.

The revamped Minster Churchyard, will also be officially opened during the day.

Thanks to funding from Yorkshire Forward and Heritage Lottery Fund, the historic churchyard has been fully landscaped and now boasts natural stone paving and improved grassed areas, new access and steps on to Church Street, bespoke oak seating sat on natural stone plinths with under-seat lighting plus new and improved iron hand-railings.

Cabinet Member for Town Centres, Economic Growth and Prosperity, Cllr. Gerald Smith, said: "I'm delighted that this fantastic project is getting ready to be unveiled.

"The Minster Gardens look great. They complement the surrounding buildings perfectly and will be a massive boost for the town centre.

"Rotherham is blessed with some stunning urban parks and the Minster Gardens will be a great addition to that list, we now have a tranquil space directly facing one of the most beautiful churches in the country where families can play and people can enjoy their lunches al fresco.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone who has worked on this project and can't wait to see people enjoying it on a daily basis."

Canon David Bliss said: "The whole area is beautiful and the new view of the Minster across the Minster Gardens is stunning.

"I too would like to add my very sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved with these projects."

Rotherham town centre website

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