Developer selected for Forge Island regeneration


Latest news in Yorkshire: August 31, 2018 01:32:38 PM

A development partner for Rotherham’s Forge Island has been named.

Muse Developments has been chosen by Rotherham Council as its preferred
partner for the regeneration of Forge Island.

The successful proposal submitted by Muse Developments includes a cinema,
food and drink outlets and a hotel. The leisure facilities will be set
within an attractive public space and will include a new pedestrian bridge
connecting to the rest of the town centre.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr
Denise Lelliott said: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the
developer selection process and the very high quality proposals we received
which reflect the confidence investors have in the future direction and
potential of Forge Island to become a quality development which will achieve
lasting benefits for the local community.”

The first phase of work will include the main Island and part of the
Riverside precinct, incorporating the central hub hosting the cinema, hotel
and restaurants, with an expected start date of October 2019, and completion
within two years.

Muse Developments is one of the country’s leading names in mixed-use
development and urban regeneration – a national developer with regional
operations in Manchester, London, Leeds and Glasgow.

The company has more than 30 years’ experience of delivering high quality
developments which bring real change to towns and cities. Muse Developments’
other projects include Wakefield’s Merchant Gate development, City Place in
Chester, Liverpool’s St. Paul’s Square and Marischal Square in Aberdeen.

Dan Needham, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re
delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Rotherham Council on the
first phase of their ambitious regeneration of the town centre.

“This is an exciting proposal for the regeneration of Forge Island, as we
look to work collaboratively to create a vibrant new leisure quarter for
Rotherham town centre, with a cinema, restaurants, hotel and car parking set
in stunning new public areas the community can enjoy.

“The Forge Island programme will also maximise the benefits of the waterside
location and extend the town’s cultural offer.”

Further discussions will now take place with Muse Developments with
contracts expected to be signed shortly.

A planning application will also be submitted with a report to be taken to
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting later
in the year.

Muse Developments will join Rotherham Council at the Rotherham Show at
Clifton Park on the weekend of September 8th and 9th – residents and
businesses are invited to visit the Transforming Rotherham marquee to view
the plans and talk to the developers.

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