Thursday, June 6, 2024

News: Innovation campus plan for Rotherham mainline station site


A masterplan has been drawn up for a new business district based around the potential new mainline station in Rotherham, with newly released images showing how it could look.

Rothbiz reported at the end of 2023 on efforts to secure land at Forge Way, Parkgate for an integrated station on the mainline and a tram-train stop.

The new station, developed by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and Rotherham Council, alongside Network Rail, would see the reintroduction of mainline train services in Rotherham – including receiving direct London services for the first time since the 1980s.

The project was one of many contained in the "Network North" document, published by the Government when it axed HS2 going beyond Birmingham. It also featured as a commercial development opporunity in SYMCA's investment portfolio that was showcased recently at UKREIIF - a forum focused on accelerating and unlocking investment in the UK.

The Parkgate site is one of many in Rotherham that sits within the South Yorkshire Investment Zone where £160m of funding is set to be used to offer investors, developers and start-ups a combination of targeted support and financial interventions to start, scale up and relocate their businesses.

A Rotherham Council update on the station proposal indicates that the masterplan is close to conclusion with its delivery strategy expected imminently. It is expected to be a 20-year vision for the area surrounding the station.

The update states: "The Station Masterplan sets out a blueprint for the regeneration of land in the station vicinity and focuses on the development of an Innovation Campus to the West of the core station area. This plan draws on the strengths of the borough in advanced manufacturing and innovation, complementing and building on the existing offer at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Sheffield Business Park and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. The innovation campus at the station would form the north-eastern tip of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID)."

Soft market testing on the station masterplan has been undertaken with a number of developers, and the concept of the innovation campus "was extremely well received."

Details released so far show that the station building is situated in the north-west corner of the core station area adjacent to a proposed car park and concourse that would link the Mainline and Tram-Train platforms.

The 19,300 sq ft proposed station building has the potential for three floors with a dual-function building being the preferred option. RIDO (the regeneration arm of Rotherham Council) is already assessing the viability of opening a new business centre in the building.

An illustrative sketch published by SYMCA show a much wider area primed for redevelopment - sites including Mangham Way on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, the former council depot on Greashbrough Road, land at Northfield between North Drive and Forge Way that sits between the two train lines, and land around the Rotherham Cut of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation canal.

£10m was secured through the Town Deal to prepare the Station Masterplan and acquire land necessary to facilitate delivery of the station. A further £1m funding from the devolved City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) funding was secured to develop the Outline Business Case (OBC).

The total cost was listed as £107.6m in 2022. £99.5m for the station and £7.1m for the tram-train stop.

Work continues on a full business case for the station which is due for submission in the summer.

Images: SYMCA


Daniel,  June 6, 2024 at 3:26 PM  

Surely the land at Parkgate where the new park and ride is would be more suited it's already a building plot with a new link road, all of these roads are busy anyway and this looks like it's shoe horned in and removing current businesses, plus integrating a new railway station with the tram train stop would benefit parkgate as well.

Anonymous,  June 6, 2024 at 4:59 PM  

This would all have been sorted out earlier bar for this Workers, Maoist, Keir Hardy, small boat loving, revolutionary guard worshipping, drug infested, pinko, wino, £2000 a year more taxing, refugee suckling, benefit cheating, Communist Manifesto reading, local Labour numpties.
After reading an article in the Mirror during a free period I will deffo vote Tory when I start wearing long trousers.

Anonymous,  June 6, 2024 at 8:19 PM  

That’s on the slow line that goes through Rotherham central

Anonymous,  June 6, 2024 at 10:41 PM  

So, in time for the General Election after next then? You could get your mum to read the ballot paper for you.

Anonymous,  June 6, 2024 at 10:47 PM  

Not around the back of The Range it isn’t.

James,  June 6, 2024 at 10:52 PM  

Please can someone moderate the comments more effectively. All the "comedy" posts are tiresome and totally irrelevant to a business news website.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 8:32 AM  

This is Rotherham we are talking about.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 8:41 AM  

If the unintentionally funny and irrelevant posts were excluded as well as the "comedy" ones this blog would be dead on its feet James. Just a suggestion, but why not ignore the posts you don't approve of and refrain from responding to them. There's a good lad.

Roger,  June 7, 2024 at 9:10 AM  

It's true that they may not be relevant but I have to say that I quite enjoy reading the spoof posts. Surely it's possible to have a smile even on a business website.

Ziggy,  June 7, 2024 at 9:26 AM  

More pie in the sky illustrations. Lets wipe Forge Way and its tenants off the map all for some consultant to score more fees from thinking up hair brained schemes.

Dan,  June 7, 2024 at 10:40 AM  

Agree James, and they're all called Anonymous for some reason.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 11:02 AM  

How patronising

Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 2:11 PM  

Correct James/Dan/Anon

Roger,  June 7, 2024 at 2:17 PM  

Dan James rings a bell

Jez June 8, 2024 at 7:20 AM  

Congratulations Ziggy. Whatever the merits of your post, it has the distinction of getting us back on-piste and rising above the squabbling. Roger, James and Dan please take note.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2024 at 9:23 AM  

Jarvis Cocker wrote a song about a certain type of person running the world. You are one of those type of people. If you haven’t heard of it, just google ‘Running the world Jarvis Cocker’

Anonymous,  June 8, 2024 at 10:41 AM  

Mmmmmmm, pie!

Anonymous,  June 8, 2024 at 10:59 AM  

Agree. No need for long faces and complaining all the time

Anonymous,  June 9, 2024 at 10:17 AM  

I agree, there’s a few of them on here. If they got any further up their own backside they’d be coming back out of their mouth.

Anonymous,  June 9, 2024 at 6:12 PM  

Re your Jarvis Cocker post, yes I am familiar with the anatomical reference. There is an old saying with reference to said item and it goes"If you've seen one you've seen them all".
I am in no doubt that I have seen you.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2024 at 9:01 AM  

How hilarious. That’s me well and truly put in my place.

Jez June 10, 2024 at 3:50 PM  

That's the young people's project at the bottom of St Ann's Road isn't it. What's it like?

Anonymous,  June 10, 2024 at 5:20 PM  

I doubt you have seen one, but if you really have been lucky enough, I know you definite that you won’t have known how to work it.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2024 at 10:08 PM  

Looks like you're having trouble stringing your words together there fella. Hope you're not missing your meds.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2024 at 7:05 AM  

Some are born to be patronised, some achieve the right to be patronised, others have patronising thrust upon them.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2024 at 4:20 PM  

I think he means that he doesn't like you very much and he wishes you would stop posting about him being a schoolboy.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2024 at 11:23 PM  

He's just begging for detention

Anonymous,  June 13, 2024 at 12:10 AM  

It's pure stardust Ziggy

Supported by:
More news...

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by 2008

Back to TOP