Harworth Group

Brownfield regeneration specialist secures planning for £50m scheme

Harworth Group has received planning approval for a £50m retail, leisure and office scheme that will act as the local centre of its flagship 740-acre, mixed-use development in Waverley, Rotherham.

The brownfield regeneration and property investment specialist secured the approval from Rotherham Council with the development set to provide over 190,000 sq ft of mixed-use space.

The local centre will be developed by Waverley Square Limited, a joint venture between Harworth Group and Dransfield Properties Ltd.

The scheme will also include:

  • healthcare and new community facilities, including a new bus station
  • up to 99,000 sq ft for a new food store and retail space
  • high-specification office space covering 38,000 sq ft
  • restaurants, coffee shops and a gym 
  • a car park with up to 500 customer spaces as well as a separate staff car park.

The development is expected to take around two years to reach full build out, with construction work due to begin in spring 2018.

“Delivering these local facilities in partnership with Dransfield Properties Ltd will create a genuine heart for the Waverley community, being a place where local residents, employees and students can satisfy their everyday retail and leisure needs,” said Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth.

“We see this as a critical phase in the development of the entire 20-year scheme and provides further evidence of Harworth’s placemaking abilities.”

The scheme will link the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and the growing residential development at Waverley, which currently comprises more than 700 homes.

On completion, Waverley will provide around 4,000 homes and over two million sq ft of employment space at the AMP.

Owen added: “We have seen numerous successes at Waverley over the past 12 months in terms of both residential and commercial delivery and we expect the development to continue to be a strong driver of capital and income growth for the business for many years to come.”

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