Tuesday, January 17, 2012

News: Crinoline House is coming down


Work has started on the demolition of Crinoline House in Rotherham town centre.

The former council offices were vacated in 2010 and contractors have now begun the internal stripping-out in preparation for demolition some of which will begin in the next four to six weeks. The physical demolition will require some occasional road closures outside peak traffic times to ensure the public safety in the immediate area.

The whole project is expected to take around 16 weeks to complete. Rotherham MBC has consulted with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to ensure that disruption to bus service departures and for customers using the Transport Interchange is kept to a minimum.

The seven-storey building on Effingham Street was built in the early 1970s and housed Rotherham Borough Council's Social Services department.

The demolition was brought forward as the building had been a target for antisocial behaviour.

Anglo-Dutch developer, TCN is purchasing the council's 22,000 sq m Civic Site for £7m with Rotherham Council staff relocating to new offices, Riverside House on Main Street, in 2012.

Plans have recently been submitted for a Tesco Extra store on the site of the Civic Building, Central Library and Norfolk House, plus a petrol filling station on the site of Crinoline House.

Across town, the council is disposing of their offices at Doncaster Gate. The council's cabinet has approved that the option be pursued for the marketing and disposal of the asset in order to obtain the highest potential capital receipt.

The council purchased the former medical facilities in 2009 for around £1.5m with the aim of using the building as offices whilst other properties were refurbished and the new offices were completed.

Facilities were relocated to the £12m NHS Rotherham Community Health Centre


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