Signing ceremony marks halfway point in Rotherham Interchange refurbishment

Published Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Bus station topping out ceremony
The signing ceremony at Rotherham Interchange

Councillors, directors and project managers marked the halfway point in the refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange.

To mark the halfway point of Rotherham Interchange refurbishment works and highlight contractors reaching the highest point in the building, local councillors, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) directors and project managers, and the press were invited to check the progress on Thursday 11 October. 

After a quick presentation and tour around the premises, all the guests, including Rotherham Council Leader Cllr Chris Read and SYPTE’s Director of Public Transport, Ben Gilligan, signed the back of the new Rotherham Interchange sign to the main entrance.

“We now have a good view of how the works are shaping up and it’s exciting to see what’s about to come. The stripping of the building has been completed, much of the new glazing has been installed and the building has been re-wired”, said SYPTE’s Director of Public Transport, Ben Gilligan.

“The top floor of the car park has been resurfaced and weather-proofed and the wider parking bays and pedestrian route painted. Twenty-one crates full of solar panels are ready to be placed on the roof in the coming weeks, providing at least 70 per cent of the building’s energy”, 

“Whilst there is still a fair bit of work to do within the concourse areas it’s great to know that the works are on track. A sample of the ceiling cladding and lighting fixtures was in place and it was good to see how they’ll improve customers’ experience at the Interchange. The refurbishment will deliver safer, brighter and lighter premises for all users.”

Both the interchange and car park above it are being refurbished in the £12 million project, which is part of the Council’s Masterplan. 

The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said it was exciting to see the development progressing.

“The new interchange is a key part of our plans to regenerate Rotherham Town Centre, as part of the town centre masterplan, and promoting sustainable transport is an important element of this. Good progress is being made, and I look forward to seeing the work completed on this fantastic new facility for people visiting, living and working in Rotherham.”

Paul Ellenor, regional director for Interserve said: “The topping out ceremony is an important milestone in the delivery of the Rotherham Interchange refurbishment. It’s great to see progress being made in transforming the facilities as part of Rotherham Council’s exciting regeneration programme.

“Interserve, together with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, is working hard to ensure we benefit the town by employing as many local people as possible, and by utilising its construction as an educational tool for various local schools and colleges. 

“The team is looking forward to the next phase of works and ultimately delivering a sustainable Interchange facility that will serve the people of Rotherham for many years to come.”

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