View of Forge Island showing cinema, restaurant and hotel

All  Forge Island unit sold out

'Popping out' ceremony'

January 2024

As the development reaches its final stages, teams from Rotherham Council; nationwide placemaker Muse; contractor, Bowmer + Kirkland; and the Arc Cinema celebrated the completion of the shells of the cinema and hotel buildings in a not-so-traditional topping out ceremony. From the roof of the hotel, the teams enjoyed birds eye views of the site with a side of popcorn.

All  Forge Island unit sold out

The new pedestrian bridge is lifted into place

June 2023

Based on the world-famous Bailey Bridge design, the new Forge Island pedestrian bridge links the flagship development with the heart of the town centre. It is 46 metres long and weighs 86 tonnes. It was manufactured and installed by S H Structures, specialists in the design and manufacture of complex steel structures. Over a period of two days, a crane was erected and rigged, ready for the careful installation of the bridge.

All  Forge Island unit sold out

Two eye-catching cranes are installed on forge island

June 2023

Two cranes, named ‘Rotherham Rainbow’ and ‘Steely Crane’ by local school children, are installed on site to support with the building of the Cinema and hotel. The cranes measure 37 metres and 25 metres tall. As the build develops, the cranes will be removed from site.

All  Forge Island unit sold out

Riverside Gardens is granted planning permission

June 2023

Plans put forward by the Council include a pedestrianised walk through from the flagship Forge Island development and a public space which will be suitable for a wide range of ages.

Demolition on the former wilkinsons site begins

Demolition on the former Wilkinsons site begins

April 2023

The Council acquired the building at 4 Corporation Street in January 2023 to prevent it from becoming a long-term empty building, after high street household, DIY and homewares chain, Wilkos, closed the store. Once demolished, it will make way for the gateway into Forge Island.

All  Forge Island unit sold out

All Forge Island units sold out

January 2023

Independent South Yorkshire restaurant chain, The Rustic Pizza Co, joins four exciting brands already signed up to Forge Island. This means that all the commercial spaces have now been snapped up.

Lights, camera, action! - Ground work begins

Lights, camera, action! - Ground work begins

November 2022

Ground works on the flagship development at Forge Island have begun with diggers and heavy plant vehicles on site as they prepare to lay foundations. Cabinet members, ward councillors, contractors and Rotherham Council staff members went on site to have a look at what was happening

Forge Island with proposed Cinema and Restaurants

New Brands Sign Up for Forge Island

October 2022

Five food brands have signed lease contracts on Rotherham's Forge Island development. Cow & Cream, Casa Peri Peri, Estabulo Rodizio, Sakku Samba and Caffe Noor will offer residents a range of culinary flavours from across the world, creating a landmark destination.

The old bridge across the river don is removed

The old bridge is removed

July 2022

The old bridge across the River Don was removed to make way for a brand-new walkway which will provide a direct link to the Forge Island leisure scheme.

New flood barrier being installed

A new landmark is added to the Rotherham skyline

May 2022

In May 2022, the flood barrier on the Rotherham Canal was completed, adding a stunning new landmark to the Rotherham Skyline. Its sleek, modern design gave residents the first taste of the Forge Island development.

Work begins on flood barrier

Work begins on new town centre flood defence

October 2021

Work on the new canal barrier to join the flood wall that has recently been constructed on Forge Island, began in October 2021. The barrier was designed to reduce the risk of the River Don overtopping into the canal and flooding Rotherham town centre and the Central Railway Station.

After a successful bid, Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd was awarded the construction contract following completion of the design by consultants Pell Frischmann.

Rotherham Council outlines Rotherham town centre master plan

Rotherham Council outlines Rotherham town centre masterplan

September 2017

The masterplan is focused on developing the economic vitality of Rotherham Town Centre through an ambitious programme of development, landscape and placemaking proposals. The plan aims to bring more life, activity and spending back into the Town Centre..

Rotherham Council commissioned WYG Group and Lambert Smith Hampton to prepare an Implementation Masterplan..