North East & Yorkshire

£53 million civic centre is the jewel in the crown

As part of the exciting £2 billion Rotherham Renaissance scheme, the construction of Rotherham’s new £53m civic centre is making good progress.

The new development is located on the former Guest & Chrimes site by the River Don and will bring together council services from across the town centre, allowing the vacated sites to be redeveloped.

Project Manager Paul Smith told Premier Construction that work was progressing well. He said: “By the time we’re finished, this development will lead to a much more efficient council service – not only in terms of being centralised, but also in terms of the 30% saving in desk space it will provide.”

Architects Carey Jones designed the centre following their success on the Frenchgate Interchange in Doncaster and the St Pauls Quarter in Leeds. Main contractor for the project is GMI Construction.

The aim of the project is to provide a high quality new office development that has strong links to the town centre and brings a significant portion of the former Guest & Chrimes site back into economic use.

The 16,000m² steel frame structure features composite in-situ metal decked floors that are encapsulated with a stone and metal rainscreen cladding system and drywall lift shaft construction. The exterior will incorporate brass metal work and sandstone in order to reflect the rich history of the borough and the site.

The modern office building will contain three individual blocks of 5-7 storeys, interlinked at one end by a large glazed atrium. At the centre of the building is a front reception/entrance block with access via five staircases, eight personnel lifts and one goods lift.

Other features include a single storey semi-basement that will incorporate a car park that is coordinated with the structure grid for three blocks. In addition, there will be store and plant rooms.

Once complete, the building will achieve a BREEAM energy efficiency rating of ‘Excellent’.

Landscaping, flood protection and improvements to the junction with Main Street are also included in the development. The building will open on to the town and river, creating a land mark feature within the new civic square. The publicly accessible plaza will see visitors from the town centre cross the existing road bridge and emerge into a bright public space, whilst the design also includes two roof courtyards that have the potential to be developed as garden spaces for the adjacent offices.

Chief Executive of Rotherham Council, Martin Kimber, said: “We are all working together delivering regeneration. It is fantastic to see regeneration in the borough, in the heart of the town centre.

“GMI Construction Group and their subcontractors are doing a great job in using local labour and sourcing local materials.”

Jarrod Best, Managing Director of GMI Construction, added: “This flagship development brings together a state-of–the-art building design and specification, alongside traditionally, locally sourced materials built by a local workforce.

“On behalf of the expert team working on this project, we are excited to be playing a leading role in the renaissance of Rotherham town centre, and the ongoing regeneration of the surrounding area, creating new jobs, investment and social opportunities.”

Once completed in early 2012, the scheme will free existing council office sites throughout the town centre enabling alternative redevelopment to take place.

GMI Construction is a well established and successful building and construction services company with a track record for delivering award winning projects for an international portfolio of developers, public sector clients and blue chip companies.

The company’s operations span multiple sectors and regions. They specialise in the delivery of high quality, energy efficient and often complex construction projects worth up to £50 million – working from inception to completion and meeting tight deadlines and rigorous specifications with confidence.


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