Tuesday, May 3, 2022

News: Plans for new town centre green space revealed


Pedestrianised roads around residential and leisure developments, natural play space for children and the creation of a riverside walk along the River Don are among ideas for new green space in Rotherham town centre.

Riverside Gardens is a new public space which will form a key gateway to the flagship Forge Island leisure development and wider town centre.

Rothbiz revealed last month that Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting and engineering services, had been appointed by the council on a £439,196 contract for the design and delivery of the gardens and public realm.

Extending from the area around the recently demolished Riverside Precint, the scheme takes in the old abbatoir site by the river, most recently used as a car park, and runs past the Old Market, Keppel Wharf and Westgate Chambers residential developments.

There is a prime focus on pedestrian access along and into Riverside Gardens. With the pedestrianisation of part of Market Street and Domine Lane, the aim is to form an entrance leading to Riverside Gardens and Forge Island from the town centre.

A cgi video released as part of the consultation also shows new buildings on Corporations Street which could be linked to plans for extending the the Leisure and Cultural Quarter from Forge Island.

The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said: “Riverside Gardens will provide a great gateway into Forge Island but will also be a destination in its own right.

“This scheme is a key part of the Town Centre Masterplan and will complement other public realm work across the town centre as we seek to ensure the area is something the whole town can be proud of.”

At Forge Island, where work is being carried out to create a new leisure scheme with an 8-screen boutique style cinema, modern hotel, food and drink outlets and car parking.

Consultaion on the plans is on until Sunday May 15 at www.rotherhamtowncentre.co.uk/riverside-gardens

There will also be a public information event in the town centre on Tuesday 10 May and Wednesday 11 May at the top of Bridgegate next to All Saints’ Square, from 10am to 2pm.

Images: RMBC / Tetra Tech


Anonymous,  May 3, 2022 at 3:09 PM  

Obsession with green space,green space that's not actually needed.Why another green space,when minster gardens are just over road from here,and Riverside walk ,not to mention Rotherham have a huge park (Clifton) virtually in town centre.Get things built,last thing town needs us more green space for local dredges of society to hang about in.RMBC haven't got a clue what people want!

old git May 4, 2022 at 4:10 AM  

must agree with previous comment
exactly what i was about to say

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 7:49 AM  

^^^^^ Out of interest, what would you have built??

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 8:17 AM  

Green space enhances the town and makes it a more pleasant place to live. There's health and environmental benefits too so I think its welcome.

Chris,  May 4, 2022 at 9:22 AM  

Having watched the cgi video, I think that looks great. It will be a good addition to the town centre and make it much more attractive.

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 12:55 PM  

Quality appartments(not ghettos they're currently building)bars and restaurants, something town desperately needs,can't be many towns where only food available is cheap , unhygienic, takeaway rubbish!

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 4:59 PM  

This looks like an excellent addition that will enhance the town center and make the area more modern and pleasant.

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 7:54 AM  

If the car parking here is being removed, just how exactly does RMBC expect Forge Island to attract visitors? There is no provision for parking on Forge Island itself and taking this parking out (which in the early plans for FI was earmarked as car parking) will not exactly encourage visitors to use the new development. It all feels a bit half-baked.

Tom,  May 5, 2022 at 9:52 AM  

A 340 space car park is planned under the cinema and hotel development on Forge Island.

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