Wednesday, May 4, 2022

News: Updated visuals for new revamped Rotherham market


Work is underway on the £8.9m redevelopment of Rotherham market.

Having secured a significant funding boost from the Government’s Future High Street Fund, the markets redevelopment includes improved entrances, a new dining area, a new internal layout, a reduction in underused space, and linkages to new, attractive public spaces.

The site is also to be the location of a new town centre library.

Demolition work has begun at the former Charter Arms pub (which the Council spent £335,955 on acquiring) which will be torn down with the RAIN Building and the Market Arcade canopy.

On the second floor of the Indoor Market existing arcade units will be refurbished to create office space for charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. Opening up the market frontage to Eastwood Lane and Drummond Street, vast public realm improvements are set to include terrace seating and hard and soft landscaping between the markets and the college.

Inside the markets, redevelopment plans include a new dining area to the first floor of the Indoor Market, which is set to have a more welcoming feel, thanks to an improved design.

The Outdoor Market will become a flexible space used as a market, and also as exhibition and event space when needed.

A new library will occupy the corner between Henry Street and Drummond Street and will include a café, meeting rooms, flexible gallery space, and a maker’s space.

A planning application is imminent and completion at the markets has been pencilled in for 2024.

Cllr Saghir Alam, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Community Safety and Finance and ward member for Boston Castle, said: “The redevelopment of the market’s complex and the new central library are key projects in the regeneration of our town centre.

“More than fifty years since the opening of the Centenary Market, this redevelopment will house our great local traders in an environment fit for the 21st century, helping to bring good quality, affordable produce to the next generations of shoppers.”

Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Chair, Health Select Commission, and ward member for Boston Castle, added: “The investment we’re making will bring impressive improvement and an enjoyable space in which people will be able to shop and relax.

“There’ll be something for everyone at the new markets and that can only be good news for the town and its economy.”

Rotherham Markets website

Images: RMBC / Black Cat


Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 5:02 PM  

This is just what is needed and will bring a more accessible and modern feel to the market.

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 6:54 PM  

They've forgot the green space on this!🤣

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 8:14 PM  

I have been coming to old and new one.for a long time at lest50 yrs I brought my my kids when beryl had the steel cafe all 10 of them my eldest his 46 now and my youngest one his32.3 I have seen in rotherham.change for the worse it should go back to what it was it his horrible and the reason all the stall that his no longer in use but that down to the mznger making poeple pay over the odds for stall it need to go the good old and then you would get the stall p hopewell

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 8:04 AM  

I wonder why the chair of the health select committee is talking about an infrastructure project? It seems ridiculous, especially when she's been holding on to the Cross Keys and letting go to rack and ruin for more than a decade.

Three regen stories in a week, RUFC's celebrations moved to the town hall rather than All Saints Square as in previous years. Anyone would think there's an election this week!

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 10:12 AM  

Bout time the cross keys was sorted,won't be long before it's another burnt out former cannabis farm,get it reopened as pub !

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 12:29 PM  

Not much 'information', just waffle (as usual). Are they reusing the old shops on Henry St/Drummond St or knocking them down still? And, what about the great 'tent'? Hope the new, new, new library is in the right place this time?

Rod May 5, 2022 at 2:06 PM  

‘Boots’ is to close in June... couldn’t this building be used for the library or some other purpose? The way Town centres are at the moment it will only end up staying empty for years to come...

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 4:33 PM  

Fair point

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 4:50 PM  

It's already been used as a cannabis farm.

Anonymous,  May 6, 2022 at 11:20 AM  

Can't help but think that as usual with Rotherham,this new Library looks to small ,infact smaller than space currently at Riverside.Why dose Rotherham always build things to small for town?The town centre leisure centre is way too small when compared to likes of Barnsley metro and Doncaster dome,same goes for forge island cinema,only 8 screens when new glassworks in Barnsley is 12,council run town like a small rura parish ,not a large town ,make no wonder were nicknamed 'Toytown'!

Anonymous,  May 6, 2022 at 1:53 PM  

I'd heard that myself,..if true questions need asking when the owner is a serving RMBC councillor.....but if course racism will be screamed if finger is pointed.As said previously,it should be converted back to a public house, ironically the plans are still on wall outside.get it done!

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