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Decade Work Pays Off Gva Grimley Gets Planning For Regeneration

Friday, 17 July 2009

GVA Grimley has secured planning permission for the development of a new civic centre in Rotherham which will be one of the most significant public sector property transactions outside London in the last year.

Involved in the purchase of the site from its holding company, Tomkins, in 1999, GVA Grimley acted on behalf of Evans Regeneration Investments, a subsidiary of the Evans Property Group. A decade later, GVA Grimley has now secured planning for the six storey, 172,000 sq ft, flagship civic building on the former industrial site.

Beverley Smith, head of planning, development and regeneration at GVA Grimley's Leeds office, has led the project throughout.. She said: "Through persistent hard work, we have now helped to create a major regeneration opportunity for Rotherham as part of Yorkshire Forward's Renaissance Towns scheme.

"Rotherham Borough Council selected the site as its preferred location for consolidating its civic premises following an OJEU Competitive Dialogue process. Evans's Guest & Chrimes site was selected and they and the council entered into dialogue to secure the new offices on the site.

"The development is now set to be the lynch pin for a £2billion Renaissance of the town centre."

Particular challenges associated with the site have been addressed. A planning application was submitted in May 2007 for land remediation and decontamination. The site has been in industrial use since the mid 19th Century, latterly being the home of Guest & Chrimes which produced the first screw up, screw down tap in 1845.

The early submission enabled the bio-remediation work to be fully complete in advance of planning for the new development. The second application, for the delivery of the civic offices, was submitted in January 2009 and achieved approval this week. The application for the new offices has also undertaken a Flood Risk Assessment , which addresses mitigation measures. The new building will be protected safely and full dialogue has been on going with the Environment Agency.

The building, designed by Carey Jones Architects is seeking to achieve an 'excellent' BREEAM rating under the Building Research Environmental Assessment Method Consultancy. It will provide methods of achieving at least 10% of energy demand through decentralised or renewable energy on the site. 

John Bell, managing director of Leeds based Evans, said: "The new Civic Centre will not only provide the town centre with a modern flagship building, but will also improve services to local people. It is a clear indication of the council's continued commitment to the regeneration of the town centre."

Evans is expected to start work on the scheme later in the year with a completion in late 2011, early 2012.


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GVA Grimley Ltd, 10 Stratton Street, London W1J 8JR.

(1) GVA Grimley Ltd is one of the UK's leading firms of property consultants operating from 12 offices with 862 fee earners generating a turnover of £118 million year ending 30th April 2009. In the six months ended 31 October 2008 the firm generated turnover of £65 million compared with £72 million in the six months ended 31 October 2007.

(2)The firm provides a full range of property-related services including agency, planning and regeneration, rating, building consultancy, investment, management and valuation consultancy. GVA Grimley also offers specialist advice in areas such as telecomms, education, healthcare, retail, contamination, plant and machinery and the automotive and roadside sectors. GVA Grimley is a founding member of GVA Worldwide with a global reach throughout Europe, North America and Australasia, with real estate representatives in 90 offices serving 20 countries. For further information about GVA Grimley please visit www.gvagrimley.co.uk