Wednesday, November 9, 2022

News: Groundwork begins on Forge Island development - cinema slated to open in 2024


Ground works have begun on the Forge Island development – bringing a state-of-the-art cinema, 69 room hotel, and six restaurants providing food from around the world to Rotherham town centre.

The move comes after Rotherham Council's cabinet rubber-stamped a financial deal to fund the up front costs for the transformational scheme. It also comes after a sg#ignificant amout of flood alleviation work, public realm improvements and demolition in the area.

Residents passing Forge Island will be able to see diggers and heavy plant vehicles on site as they prepare to lay foundations for the £47m development, being delivered by master developer, Muse, in partnership with Rotherham Council.

Once complete, the new destination will provide something for residents and families to enjoy right in the heart of Rotherham town centre, which will include a variety of exciting features including the boutique 8 screen cinema from The Arc, each with laser digital projection and Dolby digital surround sound for the ultimate film experience.

The scheme is 100% pre-let with Travelodge who will be offering visitors a range of a hotel rooms. Finally, five food and beverage brands have already signed up to the scheme and will showcase food and drink from across the globe – the sixth will be announced shortly.

Rotherham Council’s Leader, Cllr Chris Read, said: “Forge Island is the single biggest investment in our town centre for decades. It will be the first cinema in the central area for thirty years and the community has waited a very long time to see this work begin. As we face into the difficult economic times ahead, it's more important than ever to redouble our efforts to build a better future on the other side. So this marks a huge step in the right direction in the delivery of our town centre masterplan, towards the kind of town centre that people can be proud of once again."

Raife Gale, senior development manager at Muse, said: “Since we were appointed as the council’s partner for Forge Island in 2018, we’ve worked collaboratively with the council to reach this point where we’re on site and we can’t wait to deliver this exciting destination for the community.

“Demand to come to Forge Island has been incredible and we’ve assembled a fantastic line up of operators and amenities to join us in our mission to create an attractive leisure destination with a social purpose that becomes at catalyst for further investment and regeneration in the town.”

Forge Island website

Images: RMBC


Anonymous,  November 9, 2022 at 1:02 PM  

Still think they've missed an opportunity by not having bowling, virtually every leisure development I see in my travels working around country always incorporate bowling in development.

Anonymous,  November 9, 2022 at 4:12 PM  

Would you call that a 'bowls up?' ;-)

Anonymous,  November 9, 2022 at 4:37 PM  

I wonder who the 6th establishment will be?A bar of some description one be most welcome!

Anonymous,  November 9, 2022 at 10:49 PM  

Wonder if the rooms are ready let to those wonderful young men , traveling over from France by dingy to enrich our country😏

Anonymous,  November 11, 2022 at 12:23 PM  

So long as the 6th establishment isn't a Weatherspoons then I'll be happy!

Anonymous,  November 11, 2022 at 7:37 PM  

But what about a Wetherspoons?

Pauline,  November 11, 2022 at 9:22 PM  

Let's hope so. It may broaden your horizons.

Anonymous,  November 11, 2022 at 11:52 PM  

I think they should build lots of high rise tiny apartments instead of having a car park because this island isn’t getting bigger and people need to stop being selfish.

Anonymous,  November 14, 2022 at 8:38 AM  

Fingers crossed for a spoons

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