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£3.5m bid to revamp High Street landmarks

Published date: 23 September 2011 | Published by: Tom Sharpe



Facelift: the former Essoldo chambers.

MORE of Rotherham’s historic town centre buildings are in line for a multi-million pound revamp.

The former Muntus department store at 22-30 High Street, currently occupied by the SNAFU rock bar, is to have a missing corner turret and special features on its facade replaced.

There are oplans to restore the RSPCA shop at 14a High Street and convert the upper floors into apartments.

And a planning application has been submitted for the restoration of numbers 10 to 12, the Caprice clothing store, which dates from the 1950s.

At the top of the High Street, work is set to begin on the Art Deco Essoldo Chambers this month.

The former Empire Cinema is now home to a nightclub and Italian restaurant and the faded façade will be restored. 

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The money comes from the  £3.5 million Townscape Heritage Initiativem, which is being supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rotherham Borough Council.

The news comes a week after Rotherham businessman Chris Hamby revealed plans to turnrevamp seven shops on High Street, including the Grade II* Listed Three Cranes building.

REVIVING HERITAGE WILL REVIVE TOWN  . . . See this week’s Advertiser.


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