Developer selected for Forge Island regeneration

Published Friday, 24th August 2018
Developer selected for Forge Island regeneration
Developer selected for Forge Island regeneration

A development partner for Rotherham’s Forge Island has been named.

Muse Developments has been chosen by Rotherham Council as its preferred partner for the regeneration of Forge Island.

The successful proposal submitted by Muse Developments includes a cinema, food and drink outlets and a hotel. The leisure facilities will be set within an attractive public space and will include a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the rest of the town centre.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the developer selection process and the very high quality proposals we received which reflect the confidence investors have in the future direction and potential of Forge Island to become a quality development which will achieve lasting benefits for the local community."

The first phase of work will include the main Island and part of the Riverside precinct, incorporating the central hub hosting the cinema, hotel and restaurants, with an expected start date of October 2019, and completion within two years.

Muse Developments is one of the country's leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration - a national developer with regional operations in Manchester, London, Leeds and Glasgow.

The company has more than 30 years’ experience of delivering high quality developments which bring real change to towns and cities. Muse Developments’ other projects include Wakefield’s Merchant Gate development, City Place in Chester, Liverpool’s St. Paul’s Square and Marischal Square in Aberdeen.

Dan Needham, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Rotherham Council on the first phase of their ambitious regeneration of the town centre.

“This is an exciting proposal for the regeneration of Forge Island, as we look to work collaboratively to create a vibrant new leisure quarter for Rotherham town centre, with a cinema, restaurants, hotel and car parking set in stunning new public areas the community can enjoy.

“The Forge Island programme will also maximise the benefits of the waterside location and extend the town’s cultural offer.”

Further discussions will now take place with Muse Developments with contracts expected to be signed shortly.

A planning application will also be submitted with a report to be taken to Rotherham Council’s Cabinet and Commissioners' Decision Making Meeting later in the year.

  • Muse Developments will join Rotherham Council at the Rotherham Show at Clifton Park on the weekend of September 8th and 9th – residents and businesses are invited to visit the Transforming Rotherham marquee to view the plans and talk to the developers.