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|Title:||Local authority’s £300 million regeneration project in line for prestigious award|
|ID & Publication:||20140311022 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Business News |
DONCASTER Council’s £300 million ambitious plan to transform a large area of the town has been shortlisted for a top award.
Its project to regenerate Waterdale – through development company Muse - is in the running for the Regeneration gong at the RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards 2014.
In addition, Wates also been shortlisted for the Commercial Building Award for its work on the Council’s headquarters at the Civic Office.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, said: ‘I am delighted at the nominations for these awards. So much work has gone into transforming Waterdale – and continues to go on.
‘When you see the new Civic Office and Cast Theatre it brings a real modern feel to the town - it looks fantastic. The main aim of the this regeneration though is to increase footfall to the area and therefore promote private sector investment, while the Civic Office is a ‘one stop shop’ for all Council services, improving efficiency and saving money in the long term.
‘There is much more work to do but what bigger lift to you need than an award nomination to bring fresh impetus to the continued regeneration project?’
It was in 2003 that it was recognised by Doncaster Council and Yorkshire Forward that there was an opportunity for major regeneration in the Waterdale.
Waterdale - previously a busy area of the town - had suffered major decline which had accelerated in 2005 when the southern bus station closed and Doncaster College moved to the other side of the town centre.
With limited public transport entering the area and no college students, fewer people had reason to pass through. Major regeneration was required to transform Waterdale, improve its image, help to reconnect it to the town centre and offer people a reason to visit.
The development of a New Performance Venue (NPV) was a long held ambition of the Council. The Council also occupied a number of fragmented office buildings in the vicinity which had exceeded their original life span and were a significant burden from a repair, maintenance and energy performance perspective.
A new Civic Office was therefore required. In addition there was little public space in the town centre Doncaster; it was believed that, creating public realm within the Waterdale area would give people another reason to visit.
The Council chose Muse as its development partner to carry out this project.
Muse’s proposals for the CCQ were for a high quality mixed use scheme including extensive new civic facilities together with commercial and leisure developments - offices, bar, restaurant and leisure uses with parking provisions and residential elements set within significantly improved public realm.
The intention was for the land values generated by the commercial developments to be used to help fund the Civic Office/NPV, new public realm, infrastructure and highways improvements (in addition to grant monies and direct funding from the Council). The rationale to developing in this comprehensive manner was to achieve a more successful and sustainable development and regeneration of the area than would be possible if a piecemeal approach was adopted.
The mixed-use £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter project was devised - a 22 acre scheme.
The first phase - a new Civic Office (built by Wates), NPV, renovated multi storey car park, significant public realm and a new road infrastructure was completed in September 2013, sitting at the scheme’s heart and acting as a catalyst for further regeneration.
The RICS awards winners will be announced in glittering ceremonies throughout April and May.
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