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Westgate Chambers, Rotherham

Westgate Chambers, Rotherham

Self Architects has just secured planning approval, on behalf of Peter M Hill, Director of HMP Bespoke Construction Ltd, for a major new development of Commercial, Retail and Residential space in the centre of Rotherham.

Located on an island site between Main Street, Westgate, Domine Lane and Market Street, the project involves the redevelopment of 6 buildings that surround a landscaped internal courtyard, including a superb Georgian Grade II listed building, one of the oldest surviving historic structures in the town centre.

The proposed development has an estimated gross development value of £10.7m addressing the need for more housing, high-quality retail and leisure premises in the area, whilst Self Architects’ design solution mixes contemporary architecture with sensitive refurbishment.

The listed Georgian building, known as the Co-op building, was originally a fine residence built in 1794 by the architect John Platt. The proposals include reinstating the "handsome" Georgian façade and renewing the shopfronts in a style complimentary to the building and in keeping with the heritage-led development of Rotherham High Street. Renovating the current buildings will provide high quality retail, leisure and hospitality space at street level, with 29 well-proportioned, contemporary, one, two and three bedroom apartments, over three floors above.

Dilapidated buildings on Domine Lane are set to be demolished with access to the courtyard moved to adjacent the existing 1915 Bar. A brand new building on Domine Lane is set to bring high quality contemporary architecture, with materials selected from a palette of sandstone, render, dark brickwork and metal cladding. The new building will feature 7,000 square feet of retail/commercial space on the ground floor with 32, high quality one, two and three bedroom apartments above, all with inset balconies, Juliette balconies or roof terraces.

Simon Lunn, Project Architect for the scheme states, "We are pleased to have secured this planning approval on behalf of our client and also delighted to be part of the team on such an exciting courtyard development in the heart of Rotherham town centre.”