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Forge Island regeneration a step closer following contract exchange

The regeneration of Rotherham’s Forge Island has moved a step closer recently, as urban regeneration specialist, Muse Developments, has exchanged contracts with Rotherham Borough Council on an agreement to deliver the landmark mixed-use destination.

The proposed scheme includes a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, and a car park, with the new leisure facilities set within an attractive public space and a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre.

Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re excited to reach the next stage in our partnership with the council, as we work collaboratively to deliver what will truly be a transformational scheme in the heart of Rotherham town centre.

“Bringing forward any successful programme of regeneration is built on strong, open partnerships, with a clear vision on community need and focus on delivery. This is an exciting proposal and we look forward to working with the council to bring this vibrant, new leisure quarter to the community.”

A planning application is currently being prepared, with a view to being submitted in the coming months. Following consent and exchange of agreements with the main anchor occupiers, it is anticipated that construction will begin in late 2020.

Muse also joined the council at the recent Rotherham Show at Clifton Park, where the community had the opportunity to look at and comment on the plans, as well as meeting the design team in the Transforming Rotherham marquee.