Work begins on Rotherham's Forge Island

09.11.22 2 min read by Ryan Devlin

Lights, camera, action!

Work has started at Forge Island – our new leisure destination in the heart of Rotherham town centre, that we’re creating with Rotherham Council and contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland.

When it opens to the public in August 2024, Forge Island will be home to a state-of-the-art cinema, 69-room hotel, and six new restaurants, serving food from around the world… meaning there’s something for the whole family to enjoy!

Forge Island will be set within beautifully-curated public space, complete with places for the kids to play. There’ll also be a new bridge to connect the new destination to the town centre.

Raife Gale, senior development manager, said:

Since we were appointed as the council’s partner for Forge Island in 2018, we’ve worked tirelessly together to reach this point where we’re on site and we can’t wait to deliver this exciting destination for the community. ”
Demand to come to Forge Island has been incredible and we’ve assembled a real feast of fantastic operators and amenities to join us in our mission to create an attractive leisure destination with a social purpose that becomes at catalyst for further investment and regeneration in the town.”

Rotherham Council’s leader, Cllr Chris Read, said: “Forge Island is the flagship development in our Town Centre masterplan, so it fantastic to see work happening on site. Over the next few months, residents will be able to watch as the site begins to take shape.

“It is exciting to think that Forge Island will offer the first cinema in Rotherham in 30 years, and about the opportunities for residents to enjoy a range of exotic food and drink. The hotel will provide visitors a base camp so they can explore everything Rotherham has to offer, from historical sites like Clifton Park Museum and Wentworth Woodhouse to family entertainment venues such as Gulliver’s Valley and Magna.”

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