A new library is a big part of the scheme. Credit: Rotherham Council

Rotherham Markets redevelopment under way

Enabling works have begun as contractor Henry Boot starts the overhaul of a key element in Rotherham’s town centre masterplan.

Cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott joined ward councillors and partners Henry Boot Construction to break ground on the site, which will also include the addition of a new library.

Once works are complete, visitors will benefit from a refurbished indoor and covered market, extensive public realm, a modern and accessible central library and improved links to the town centre and college.

Cllr Lelliott said: “The redevelopment is a testament to our dedication to preserving the heritage of our town while embracing a dynamic future. 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.”

The reimagined space will build upon the existing mix of shops and services with the addition of a new food hub and dining area, Rotherham said.

Rotherham intends for the new library to become a new cultural, leisure and learning destination and will include a children’s area, café, a dedicated IT space and a business development facility.

Craig Finn, director at Henry Boot Construction said: “Commencement of the enabling works are exciting first steps in this transformative project for Rotherham. 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 Chart 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 at the market with additional funding secured from the council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

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