Builders move back in to resume the conversion of Church View site

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WORK to create a new multi-million pound digital hub near Doncaster town centre is back on track after a three-month hiatus.

Doncaster Central Development Trust yesterday announced that construction work has restarted at the old Church View college site, near the Minster.

It brings to an end a period of uncertainty dating from last autumn when problems with funding brought work to a halt and scaffolding from around the building near Church Way was removed to reduce costs. At the time the DCDT said they were confident they could resolve the problem of receiving £3 million of European Union funding for the project.

John Giddins, Chair of DCDT said: “We are delighted that work has started again on this iconic site.

“This latest phase of work shows how optimistic we are about the project.

“We are still in the process of addressing the issues around one stream of our funding, but feel we are nearing a solution.

“We are committed to the vision of transforming Church View from a much-loved but decaying building into a real asset for the town.”

Once complete the new digital hub will create 50,000 sq ft of space encompassing 58 new studios, offices and workspaces for the creative, digital, arts and social enterprise sectors – all set around a landscaped courtyard.

Mr Giddins said: “Its facilities, including the cafe bar, meeting spaces and event spaces, will be widely used by local residents.”

The DCDT regeneration programme, which is taking over from New Deal for Communities, has already spent £5 million on the complex, which used to be the old art college.

Mr Giddins said it was a victim of circumstances beyond their control.

The delay means the scheduled opening will probably have to be put back from the original date of June.