Work has started on a £10 million project to breathe new life into a South Yorkshire shopping centre.
The Bellows Road Shopping Centre in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, which was built in the 1960s, is to be transformed into a new parade of shops.
Caddick Construction will build the new centre, which will have a new residential development next door.
Rawmarsh ward councillor, Neil Hamilton, chairman of the Bellows Road Project Group, said: “For many years the current centre has been a real eyesore, which has devalued the local area. It has taken a long time, but the new agreement represents a vital step to realising our ambition of bringing new and more sustainable retail shopping to Rawmarsh for which we can be proud.”
Tom Bell, manager of the strategic housing and investment service for Rotherham Council, said the project had faced challenges, including the economic downturn affecting the commercial property market.
“Thanks to the commitment of local ward members, council officers, local community representatives and Caddick Developments, we overcame the issues and are now in a position to realise our aspirations for this part of Rawmarsh.”
Myles Hartley, director of Caddick Developments Ltd, said: “We have worked hard in partnership with Rotherham Borough Council to bring forward these proposals that will bring a new exciting shopping experience to the people of Rawmarsh.
“We are delighted to have now started on site and the new parade will include Tesco Express and Heron Foods.”