Wednesday, December 20, 2023

News: Rotherham's Forge Island on track for 2024 completion


Building work is on track at Forge Island in Rotherham as the flagship development enters the final months of construction ahead of opening to the public towards the end of summer 2024.

The new landmark destination, which will bring a much-needed family-friendly offer to Rotherham as part of Rotherham Council’s regeneration vision for the town centre, is being delivered in partnership with the Council, nationwide placemaker Muse and contractor Bowmer + Kirkland.

Work began on site in November 2022 and construction has continued at pace, with all topping out milestones due to be reached early next year on the cinema, Travelodge hotel and retail buildings – set to house a mix of independent eateries. Once construction completes at the end of spring, the tenants will fit out their premises ready for the scheme opening.

Work has also recently got underway on the £30m+ markets redevelopment across town with Rotherham Council's cabinet approving the way forward this week.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Denise Lelliott said; “These developments form the main cornerstones of the council’s multi-million-pound investment in Rotherham’s future. A number of major milestones have been achieved at Forge Island over the last 12 months, including the installation of a new pedestrian bridge, which connects to the town centre and which nods to the town’s rich engineering heritage and is inspired by the world-famous Bailey Bridge designed by Rotherham-born civil engineer, Donald Bailey, during the Second World War. Thousands of local people also discovered more about the past, present and future of Forge Island at a dedicated marquee at the Rotherham Show in September.”

Earlier this year, two giant cranes erected on site were named ‘Rotherham Rainbow’ and ‘Steely Crane’ by pupils at the local Thornbury Primary school following a ‘crane naming’ competition which received more than 70 entries. The cranes were dismantled last month as construction work nears completion, but children from the school were recently invited back to the site for a special ‘time capsule’ ceremony which saw books, school uniform, glasses and colourful drawings added to specially made capsule now buried on site.

Raife Gale, Senior Development Manager at Muse, said: “Developing a transformational scheme of this scale always comes with its challenges – not least the difficulties of building on an ‘island’ surrounded by water – so the fact we’ve remained on track is a testament to the hard work of the whole project team. It’s fantastic to see the impact Forge Island has already made on the town centre skyline, and we can’t wait for the community to come and enjoy all that it has to offer when it opens next year.”

Construction work on the £47m Forge Island scheme – which was announced as 100% let in October 2022 – is led by contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, working alongside the wider project team which also includes Arup, Helm Consulting, Arcadis and re-form Landscape Architecture. The new pedestrian bridge was designed by FaulknerBrowne Architects.

Arc Cinemas is the anchor tenant. The Rustic Pizza Co, Cow & Cream, Casa Peri Peri, Estabulo Rodizio, Sakku Samba and Caffe Noor will offer visitors a range of culinary flavours from across the world.

Forge Island website

Images: Muse / RMBC


Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 4:47 PM  

Looking good

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 6:26 PM  

Exciting times down Forge Island.

Rothguy December 20, 2023 at 7:43 PM  

Looking good looking forward to it opening

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 11:40 PM  

I do hope this scheme is a success

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 7:05 AM  

Fingers crossed the new cinema will contribute to the existing ones in Sheffield a little quieter and easier to get tickets for.

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 12:06 PM  

Certainly be nice to have our own cinema after all these years

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 3:24 PM  

Nice to see positive messages about a business news update without the usual comments about undesirables and Callais.

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 5:15 PM  

This is a good news story for Rotherham that just keeps on giving.

Anonymous,  December 22, 2023 at 7:17 AM  

My kids are really excited about it

Anonymous,  December 23, 2023 at 8:07 AM  

Once the approach from Corporation Street is completed it will transform the whole look of the town from All Saints Square. The contractors are doing a brilliant job.

Anonymous,  December 24, 2023 at 1:42 PM  

So long as the NHS are offering free jabs to visit I might give it a try

Anonymous,  December 24, 2023 at 10:14 PM  

Jabs for STDS have always been available free from the NHS

Anonymous,  December 26, 2023 at 10:43 PM  

Unfortunately there are no jabs to prevent a mean spirit

Anonymous,  December 27, 2023 at 2:09 PM  

Please explain

Anonymous,  December 30, 2023 at 9:49 AM  

To which question do you require an explanation?

Anonymous,  January 1, 2024 at 12:39 AM  

The one by Anonymous please

Anonymous,  January 28, 2024 at 5:38 PM  

50 years too late as usual with Rotherham Council. Doncaster, Sheffield & Barnsley re-developed their town centre's years ago, Rotherham Council left our to rot & become a pointless place to visit. 60 years ago I used to enjoy shopping in Rotherham now i detest the place, nothing there worth visiting for & that includes the market which used to be diverse, no longer from what others tell me. It used to be a friendly place to go to now its overrun with foreigners & last time I was there (15mins) it felt threatening & I was glad to get out.

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