Rotherham Markets site readied for £31m revamp

PREPARATION works have started ahead of the new Rotherham Markets development being built.

Visitors will benefit from a refurbished indoor and covered market, extensive public realm, a modern and accessible central library when finished.

The cost of the project – set to be completed in 2025 – has increased from £16 million to £31.7 million because of inflation.

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But Cllr Denise Lelliott, RMBC cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said the redevelopment would preserve the town’s heritage while “embracing a dynamic future”.

She added: “This initiative will not only breathe new life into our community, but also provide economic opportunities for our local businesses.

“The reinvention of the markets is not just a facelift, but a holistic reimagining that aims to boost the local economy, celebrate our diverse community, and provide an accessible, enjoyable space for all.”

A new food hub and dining area will be among the features, and the library will be moved out of Riverside House to a new spot at this location.

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Craig Finn, director at Henry Boot Construction said: “Creating new and vibrant urban destinations is part of the Henry Boot DNA and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Rotherham Council to bring the vision from the drawing-board to reality.”

The Rain Building and former Charter Arms pub on Eastwood Lane have already been demolished, with the main building works expected to start in early 2024.

Rotherham Council received funding from the government's Future High Street Fund to pay for part of the improvements, as well as some cash from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

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