Historic town-centre office building for sale...

Historic town-centre office building for sale...

Another prominent Grade II listed building in Rotherham town centre has been put up for sale, offering a redevelopment opportunity between the award-winning High Street and Rotherham Minster.  The business centre, which is managed by local Chartered Surveyors Burgess Commercial, presently occupies four Tenants and anchored by local firm Rotherham Rise.

Known by many as the former John Speeds department store, the 8,541 sq.ft property is being advertised for sale with Chartered Surveyors, Avison Young.  It includes 18 High Street and 15 Vicarage Lane.

The former Speeds Department Store occupied four buildings which were knocked together to form one store but were subsequently divided again to form retail units fronting both Vicarage Lane and High Street.

It was redeveloped around ten years ago when plans were approved for the ground floor of the former Rumbelows building to be converted and occupied by Phoenix Enterprises who provide delivery of a variety of programmes and initiatives to help disadvantaged groups back into employment.

The ground floor area of the building fronting the All Saints Church, formerly operated by Whitegates and the Factory Shop, was used as a recruitment agency office and also includes a community hall.

The first and second floors of the building have been used predominantly for office use. Extensive work was carried out on the roof and new lifts were installed to improve access.

15 Vicarage Lane is described as a fine, early nineteenth century former townhouse and is Grade II listed. It has pride of place next to the church and the revamped public space. The building is on the site of the old vicarage and excavations in the area revealed medieval deposits.