The regeneration of Rotherham town centre must be driven by large scale developments and major changes like the proposed £43m leisure hub on Forge Island, according to a council investment boss.
A recent update of the borough’s growth plan highlighted that the economy was moving in the right direction with 2,000 more Rotherham-based job and 420 new businesses recorded since 2014. However, in the town centre, where a number of smaller scale regeneration projects have taken place, the number of vacant units has increased and footfall has gone down.
WYG Group was selected at the end of 2016 to work with Rotherham Council to develop a masterplan for Rotherham town centre. The follow-up piece of work will build on the work of consultants, Arup, and become an important tool in marketing the wider town centre to potential investors and encouraging further regeneration and improvement. It is set to provide “bold and deliverable solutions for leisure, retail, recreation and town centre living.”