Last year Doncaster Council successfully secured £18.6million to renovate the derelict Grade II listed St James’s Baths and turn a rubble-strewn area of Waterdale into a new ‘public domain’.
Money has also been set aside to improve the Corn Exchange and lay the foundations for a potential film studio along the town’s waterfront as well as other developments which could include a potential new hospital.
Just under £5million will be used to rejuvenate the ‘historic’ Corn Exchange building with an ‘increased arts and cultural offering’. Another part of the money will be used to renovate 70 shop fronts through a grant scheme on Scot Lane and Goose Hill in a bid to create ‘a cohesive and attractive landscape in the market area’.
A further £4.7million has been earmarked for the redevelopment of the derelict 1930s St James Baths, alongside a trade spree to reopen the iconic building, potentially as a luxury spa and leisure facility.
This depends on the final model and will require a legal agreement between the council and the private occupier.
Under the same plan, Copley House and the old Central Library are to be demolished. Council bosses say the buildings are ‘no longer viable’ for modern use to make way for an ‘expanded high quality public realm’, or potentially attract high quality private sector developments close to the new and improved public space .
The final part of the nearly £9m bid is for the remediation of disused space at the Waterfront site to decontaminate the area and ensure the site is in a state of development and create public green space temporary.
The acquisition of key sections of land aims to improve access and viability of the entire site. Bosses say the site will have the potential “to attract a number of transformational developments” which could include: the destination of a new hospital and support for several health-related infrastructure, residences and educational facilities ; and additional development opportunities around the marina.
Mitchell Salter, Senior Policy and Knowledge Manager at DMBC, said: “The main objective of the Leveling Up Fund is to invest in capital projects to help improve local infrastructure. These improvements will have a visible and tangible impact on people and places, and support the economic recovery in Doncaster.
“Doncaster town center is essential to the borough’s economic future and at the heart of our upgrading programme. It is a key location in the regional strategic economic plan, which aims to increase productivity, skills, economic resilience and the health and well-being of residents.
“The projects without Doncaster’s successful bid will help meet the strategic objectives of the plans and provide a more diverse town center offer for residents.”
Members of Mayor Ros Jones’ cabinet are expected to approve the proposals this week.