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1st March 2019
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Rotherham Interchange is set to reopen this Sunday (3 March), following a £12 million refurbishment scheme.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the project team welcomed the Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, together with Rotherham Bus Partnership and local businesses for a preview of the improvements on Thursday 28 February.

The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said the newly-refurbished facility was a key part of the vision to regenerate Rotherham town centre: “This facility is one of the major gateways into the town. It will enhance where we live, and benefit people arriving into the town centre via public transport. The refurbishment of the interchange follows the opening of the University Centre last summer. Both projects are major components of the town centre Masterplan, along with promoting sustainable travel, so it’s great to see the Masterplan progressing as planned.”

SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said the investment aims to encourage bus use, by providing a welcoming and accessible environment that supports the connection of people to places in the Borough and beyond: “The improved Rotherham Interchange will provide a better, brighter place for public transport users as well as those visiting, living and working in the town. Seventeen million people travelling through the Interchange each year, using 1,299 buses a day, will now benefit from new seating, lighting, information displays, electrics and flooring, CCTV and free public wi-fi.”

The ten-month closure incorporated 150,000 hours of construction work, using 10,000 litres of paint, and installing 11,000 floor tiles, 10km of electric cables, 3,800m2 of cladding, 350 sheets of glass and twenty-one crates of solar panels to provide the building’s energy needs.

Platform C of the Interchange and the car park above will reopen in Spring 2019, with new surfacing, larger parking bays and better pedestrian routes. 3,800m2 of external cladding has been replaced and 10 electric vehicle charging points installed.

The temporary bus station at Forge Island will close and buses will run from Rotherham Interchange from Sunday 3 March. Changes to improve the frequency and punctuality of some services will also take place.

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High-profile town centre buildings sold

A major investment has been made in the town centre by Modernistiq Developments, who have recently completed the purchase of high-profile properties, Keppel Wharf, Old Market and the Grade II Listed Imperial Buildings. The £4m deal comprises 61 apartments and 23 retail units in total across the three buildings.

The developers have submitted a planning application to convert the vacant ground floor space at Keppel Wharf into 13 additional residential properties. Plans are also in place to refurbish the empty retail units at Imperial Buildings and attract new businesses.

The RiDO team have been in regular contact with the company and will continue to work with Modernistiq Developments in future as part of the Town Centre Masterplan.

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Work begins on Westgate Chambers

Work has begun on Westgate Chambers as part of a major commercial and residential redevelopment scheme.

Led by owner Peter Hill of HMP Bespoke Construction, the project involves renovating six buildings that surround a landscaped internal courtyard.

The works will see the creation of 29 one, two and three-bedroomed contemporary apartments over three floors, with high quality retail, leisure and commercial space at street level. Empty buildings on Domine Lane will also be demolished and a new contemporary building constructed, which will feature 7,000 sq ft of retail and commercial ground floor space with a further 32 apartments above.

Hoardings were recently installed around the buildings to showcase the new development.

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Flood defence works given the green light

Plans for flood defence works on Forge Island have been given the go ahead by planning.

The enabling works, which are key to ensuring the leisure-led development can be built on Forge Island, are expected to start later this year. Meanwhile, the Council will continue to work with Muse on plans to develop the wider site which will include a multi-screen cinema, food and drink outlets and hotel.

The plans for the flood defence walls also provide the opportunity to incorporate landscaping along the canal frontage, to create a high quality, modern waterside destination, with a proposed stepped amphitheatre.

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Housing on the move

The Council is pressing ahead with plans for 183 new homes across three strategic gateway sites in the Town Centre – Sheffield Road Car Park, Millfold House on Westgate and the former Henley’s Garage on Wellgate.

The high quality homes will be a mixture of houses and apartments for market sale, shared ownership and affordable rent, aimed at attracting more people to live in the heart of Rotherham.

A planning application and detailed costs are being worked up before going to Cabinet for consideration, with work expected to start on site by early 2020.

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