Sunday, November 20, 2011

News: New Tesco plans go on show in Rotherham


Plans for a new Tesco Extra in Rotherham town centre have been on display as part of a public consultation.

The display in the Central Library, one of the buildings that the store will replace, was carried out before a detailed planning application is drawn up and submitted later this year.

Drawn up by architects, Smith Smalley, the initial plans show a store with around 65,000 sq ft of floorspace and over 500 car parking spaces that extend underneath the building. Representatives of the developers, TCN Property Projects stated that the spaces are likely to be available for free for a period of time, similar to arrangements at the current Tesco store on Forge Island.

Anglo-Dutch developer, TCN are purchasing the council's 236,000 sq ft Civic Site with Rotherham Council staff relocating to new offices, Riverside House on Main Street, in 2012.

The proposed store will replace the Civic Building, Norfolk House and the Central Library and Arts Centre and plans also showed a petrol filling station on the site of Crinoline House.

As part of the development, a multi-million pound investment would be made in the road network, including removing the Centenary Way flyover.

Plans showed a brand new junction between Drummond Street and Centenary Way, replacing the flyover with a signalised junction and a pedestrian crossing, enabling motorists to turn left or right onto the ring road.

Access to the Tesco store would be from both Drummond Street and Nottingham Street with the Grade II listed clock, which sits at the current civic centre complex, would be moved to Effingham Square.

Upgrades would be made to pedestrian crossings and improving access to the bus terminal and the rest of the town centre. Additional tree planting and new street furniture would also be introduced.

The development would create up to 200 new full and part-time jobs, on top of the existing jobs at the current store. All staff at the current store would be guaranteed a job at the new site.

TCN website

Images: TCN Property Projects


chris taylor,  December 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

Typical rotherham short sightedness
Seems a good idea to regenerate a new part of town and in the mean time ruin the other half, oh yes the council get brand new shiny offices , how convienient!
200 new jobs? how many when all the shops around tesco close??? Wilkos gone all the forge bridge shops, corporation street, upper millgate ans all saints , quite a few derelict shops to come? more like 500 -1000 jobs lost on balance, but hey ho new council offices and a lovely park for them to eat their lunch in
so will we have a regeneration of the side of town thats about to be ruined next??? too late everyones left town and gone to a town who really does know how to regenerate

Anonymous,  December 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

big fish eats little ones..

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