The designs of Self Architects and White Design are helping to transform another iconic building in the centre of Rotherham.
Their expanding practice has again worked with local entrepreneur Mark McGrail, of SME Environmental Services, to design a mixed leisure and residential scheme which will breathe new life into the Old Post Office building. Plans for a change of use have been submitted to enable the Victorian building, in a key location at the junction of Main Street and Market Street, to be converted into a ground floor restaurant with first and second floor apartments.
The Old Post Office, which opened in 1907, has most recently been used as offices. Self Architects and White Design's new designs show that space could be created for 84 covers in the restaurant areas with a kitchen in the cellar. The plans also propose a mix of studios, one and two-bedroomed apartments for the upper floors of the building which is Listed by Rotherham Civic Society.
Kevin Unwin, Managing Director of Self Architects said:
“The site is a key location within Rotherham Town Centre with the potential to be a key component in the town’s rejuvenation.
All architectural features, including the exterior decorative carvings, will be retained and the plans will bring further vibrant leisure facilities and high-quality residential accommodation right in the heart of the town.”
Self Architects and White Design have worked closely with developer Mark McGrail on several key projects which are helping to transform one of the top 20 growth towns in the country. The £10m revamp of Westgate Chambers will see the creation of a showcase commercial, retail and residential development in the heart of Rotherham.
They also worked with SME on transforming the old mail sorting office on Domine Lane into the 1915 Bar and Bistro last year, and the conversion of the Grade II Listed George Wright building on Snail Hill into a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant earlier this year.