Thursday, April 11, 2024

News: Plans for fire damaged Rotherham pub updated


Plans have been updated for a new mixed use development in Rotherham town centre that would replace the former Rhinoceros pub that has been wrecked by fire.

Rothbiz reported in 2022 that plans to enable the Bridgegate pub to expand were approved just days after the building suffered a fire attended by several fire crews.

Essex-based Cape Designs Ltd submitted outline plans for the site in 2023 and further information has now been added.

The application shows the same scheme - 22 flats and two retail units surrounding an internal courtyard and would involve the demolition of the whole of the existing building.

The Rhinoceros pub was one of 16 pubs put up for sale by J D Wetherspoons in 2019. Known locally as "Rhinos," the pub operated independently from Wetherspoon but was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The units were in the proccess of being refurbished and the initial intention was for the rear wing of the building to be converted into residential apartments, but two subsequent fires caused considerable damage to the existing building and structure.

The new proposals would involve a three storey building with a Georgian style frontage to Bridgegate containing two retail units of 800 sq ft and 1,000 sq ft. Access would be between the retail units into a courtyard area and the proposed new large apartment block.

The plans explain: "As far as the front aspect is concerned, we envisaged a Georgian inspired building which are relatively common in the Rotherham town centre. The existing buildings in the immediate area have been built at different times in different styles so there is no uniform style present in the area. The Georgian style has been discussed at length with the Conservation Officer and an agreement in principle was reached."

A heritage impact assessment has now been included with the plans.

The plans state: "The Rhinoceros Pub is not a listed building and would be deemed to have a low degree of significance overall, mostly due to its existence within the Rotherham conservation area. The structure is adjacent to a listed building (31 Bridgegate) however, its development would have a low impact on the significance of the listed building.

"The removal of the existing structure would allow for the space to be reused for retail and residential purposed [sic], where currently it is unusable due to fire damage. The development works overall should be deemed to have a beneficial impact on the setting of the nearby designated assets and the conservation area."

Images: Archaeological Research Services Ltd / John Box Associates


Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 9:15 AM  

Have they thought about putting a pocket park or a fifteen storey building there? Either would be nice.

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 11:22 AM  

Know comment is tongue in cheek...but not a chance in hell of a structure over 3 storeys in downtown,Toytown...pocket park, definitely 🤣

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 11:25 AM  

Or a Spearmint Rhinos themed Casino!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 3:43 PM  

An excellent proposal which blends well with the architectural style either side - a considerable step up from the previous building (both pre and post fire) which should be welcomed.

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 4:12 PM  

Lovely stuff!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 4:14 PM  

Agreed. And congratulations to the council for resisting the clamour of high rise vandals who have as much aesthetic understanding as this government has compassion.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 6:33 AM  

Ah, but don't forget that Sunak has real understanding of what poor people are going through.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 7:57 AM  

Yes, someone once showed him a photograph of a homeless person.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 9:41 AM  

Does anyone know how many storeys Keppel Wharf has on Market Street, or do people struggle to count past 3? Clue you need to use fingers on your other hand.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 11:50 AM  

We don't want more buildings like Keppel Wharf. The Building is already falling into disrepair despite being relatively new, the outside is filthy with what look like rust stains running down the side. It looks like a cheap Benidorm hotel. The Old Market across the road is a far superior modern building.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 12:12 PM  

So if you're from Barnsley it's at least 7?

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 3:24 PM  

After Grenfell, I wouldn't go anywhere near an apartment block!

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 3:47 PM  

What other hand?

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 4:07 PM  

Not even a single storey one?

Anonymous,  April 13, 2024 at 8:56 AM  

Not if it had cladding

Anonymous,  April 15, 2024 at 8:25 AM  

No complaints about the scheme design here. I think it will possibly enhance the street scene more than the previous Spearmint Rhinos complex did.

Anonymous,  April 15, 2024 at 5:56 PM  

Should fit in very well though High Rise Hugh would like to see all views of the Minster obliterated by tenement blocks

Anonymous,  April 17, 2024 at 9:17 PM  

No, Hugh would want to convert the Minster to appartments

Anonymous,  April 19, 2024 at 8:53 AM  

Be hell of a view from the spire loft conversion

Anonymous,  April 19, 2024 at 12:13 PM  

Conversion of the Minster spire for
use as high rise accommodation is being opposed by conservation groups who argue that the development will ruin the view of burnt out buildings on Corporation Street and Bridgegate.

Anonymous,  April 21, 2024 at 1:21 AM  

Convert the Minster to apartments?
Aisle bet that's pews to a lot of people. Not a prayer of coming off.

Anonymous,  April 21, 2024 at 6:53 PM  

Not unless they altar the plans

Anonymous,  April 22, 2024 at 7:05 PM  

They are surplice to requirements

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