This week, Rotherham Council approved plans for the redevelopment of the Westgate Chambers buildings in the town centre. The £10 million plans for this prominent site will add to the wider regeneration planned for the centre of town in Rotherham. Planning approval was given to HMP Bespoke Construction and their ambitions involve bringing these buildings into use as a key location for residential, retail and leisure units.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, has said: “One of the Council’s key priorities is to help local people and businesses benefit from a growing economy, with a thriving town centre and more people living, working and spending their leisure time here.
We are already seeing new developments in the town centre – including housing developments on Ship Hill and High Street, a new bar within Westgate Chambers, and restaurant close by – and these developments reflect the growing confidence investors have with our Town Centre regeneration plans.”
The approved £10 million plans for Westgate Chambers, known locally by many as the former Co-op buildings, include part of the complex being replaced with a new construction of 32 apartments. Other buildings in this site will be renovated with more opportunities for retail and leisure use, with the ambition for a further 29 apartments as well.
Westgate Chambers is situated near Forge Island and this is another significant site that also carries major regeneration plans for the town centre. Last year the town centre Masterplanfor Rotherham was published by consultants WYG and Forge Island is identified for major works, including the building of a cinema, hotel, bars and resturants. The renovation of Westgate Chambers, along with the wider ambitions for Forge Island nearby, are major and exciting steps in the regeneration of Rotherham Town Centre.
You can read more information about the approved plans for Westgate Chambers here.