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Reception Redevelopment

In 2013 work began on the design proposals for the High Street Centre (HSC). The Centre fulfils a wide range of services and is very well used by its community but there are some issues with the entrance and circulation that the HSC want to address.

The shortcomings in the accommodation are as follows:

  1. The centre does not have accessible space to greet people
  2. The current entrance is remote from the staff
  3. The existing entrance is not welcoming
  4. The route to the lower hall is via a narrow corridor
  5. The circulation around the building needs improvement
  6. Access to the lift is through another room


Proposed Scheme

The proposed scheme addresses these issues by building a new reception space on the facade facing the car park and present a new frontage to the main approach from High Street. This new frontage is designed to be transparent and so that the existing stone work will be seen and can be appreciated.

This will improve the entrance and will allow access to a light, bright reception area with a new reception desk and area for display and a place to help visitors register for activities.  The lift, currently on the far side of the building from the entrance would be connected to the new reception.  A new meeting space will also be provided adjacent to the reception.

We are now fundraising for the main reception building works and have a number of fundraising events planned.

Consultation regarding the scheme took place and influenced the developing plans and planning permission has been obtained. Due to the scale of the project Trustees decided to complete the project in two phases.  Phase One made improvements to the hall and level of the ground floor.  It provided additional stage space and this project is now complete thanks to local fundraising from groups and individuals and grants from the Bernard Sunley Foundation; Clothworkers Foundation, Viridor Credits, Rawmarsh Methodist Church, Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit of the Methodist Church and The High Street Centre.  Fundraising for Phase Two is now underway with 75% of the funds being secured.  It is hoped that this Phase will commence in 2020.

Contact the High Street Centre for more information.

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