The enabling works for the redevelopment of Rotherham Markets have begun, marking an important milestone in the town’s center masterplan. With an estimated cost of £31.7m, the project is the second largest investment in the town center after the £47m Forge Island development. The redevelopment aims to preserve the town’s heritage while embracing a dynamic future, providing economic opportunities for local businesses and creating an accessible and enjoyable space for all.
The reimagined space will feature a refurbished indoor and covered market, extensive public realm, a modern central library, and improved links to the town center and college. The addition of a new food hub and dining area will promote both seasoned and emerging local businesses, fostering a prosperous trading environment. The cutting-edge library will go beyond books, serving as a cultural, leisure, and learning destination with amenities such as a children’s area, café, dedicated IT space, and business development facility.
Henry Boot Construction, the lead contractor, is finalizing designs and confirming development costs for the project. The main building works are expected to start in early 2024, with support provided to stall holders to ensure they can remain open and continue to trade during the construction. The project is funded by the government’s Future High Street Fund, as well as additional funding from Rotherham Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
This transformative project is set to take approximately three years to complete and is scheduled to finish in December 2025. It represents a significant investment in Rotherham’s town center and demonstrates the commitment to revitalizing the community, boosting the local economy, and celebrating its diverse heritage.