A TOWN centre bar will reopen despite the building’s partial conversion to apartments, its owners have confirmed.
SME Holdings has been granted permission by the council for the transformation of the Loading Bay on Domine Lane.
The premises — constructed in 1907 as Rotherham’s post office — will retain a bar area despite the addition of five apartments.
SME director Mark McGrail said: “It’s progressing well, and we’re looking at completing the work and reopening the bar at the end of September or beginning of October.”
The work involves creating a mezzanine level to house the living accommodation, which has been designed as loft-style flats.
“We’re having European style apartments,” said Mr McGrail. “We’re trying to tailor it to those working from home.
“That will be a bigger thing now, so we’ve put some real thought into these changes.”
There was one objection to the proposed changes, which said it was inappropriate to squeeze apartments into the building when it had not been built for that purpose.
But Rotherham Council was happy with the plans, saying the changes will complement the neighbouring £10 million redevelopment of Westgate Chambers by HMP Bespoke Construction.
An RMBC spokesperson said: “With regard to the size, scale, form and design of the extension, it is considered that whilst it is of a modern design, with flat roof and extensive glazing, it would be acceptable and ensure that the existing building’s roof form and structure is not impacted.
“Furthermore, whilst the existing building is a more traditional building it has had previously poor additions to the front by way of a conservatory.
“In addition, the development being constructed adjacent on Domine Lane is of a modern design and the apartments opposite on Domine Lane and Market Street are of a modern design.
“Accordingly, the extension would not be out of keeping with the wider area.”