Forge Island scheme, Rotherham

Plans unveiled: multi-million leisure scheme for Rotherham

Urban regenerator, Muse Developments, has submitted an outline planning application for a “game-changing” mixed-use destination, designed to bring increased vibrancy to the heart of Rotherham. The Forge Island plans for the town centre are now with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. They include 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 pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre. Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re at the next stage on the…

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CGI of Beeston Square development

Construction of Beeston mixed-use scheme to recommence

Work on the site of Broxtowe Borough Council’s Beeston Square development will recommence next week, following work by Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) to put in place additional measures to protect employees and maintain social distancing. The mixed-use development forms part of the regeneration of the area and will include an eight-screen cinema, 132 new homes and a range of food and drink outlets. Bowmer + Kirkland Contracts Manager, Mike Atkinson, explained: “We have been and continue to assess all our construction sites on an individual basis, to ascertain that conditions…

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Putney SW15 high street, London. Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

UK planning considerations for ‘repurposing’ retail space

Challenging times Never before has the retail sector faced the unprecedented challenges that it does today. Faced with competition from e-commerce and shifting consumer preferences for other retail formats and social experiences, there has been a real and significant shift in the need and requirement for physical retail space on the high street and retail centres. With retailers consolidating their portfolios to reduce store numbers and combined with weakening consumer confidence and increases in business rates, the impact is all too visible on the high street and in retail centres,…

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