The £3.3m makeover of the Colonnades in Doncaster town centre has been completed.
The scheme of works have been coordinated by Doncaster Council and funded by the Sheffield City Region Local Growth Fund.
Built in the 1980s, the brick built building has received a major overhaul. The investment has seen the visual appearance enhanced inside and out.
The five floors of offices have been transformed into the prime office space needed in the town centre and the enhancements to the retail area have now been finished.
The retail improvements will make a significant difference to the look and feel of the shopping mall. A new white ceiling, modern LED lighting and white painted walls and columns have brightened the retail area up and made it a far better experience for shoppers.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “The renovation of Colonnades is one of the numerous projects helping to transform Doncaster town centre and deliver on the jobs and economic growth front.
“There is no surprise given its superb location that the premium office space in Colonnades is let or under offer, while the improvements to the retail area will make a big difference for shoppers and businesses.
“As well as fulfilling our Urban Centre Masterplan, we have a raft of major schemes right across our borough which will contribute to making Doncaster a great place to live and desirable location for investment, new companies and visitors. I have big plans for Doncaster and schemes like this show how we are putting that into action.”
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “It’s great to see the refurbishment of the Colonnades. This is another example of how we are investing Sheffield City Region Local Growth Fund money to support communities across South Yorkshire.
“It’s vital that we rethink how our town centres work to ensure that they are vibrant and sustainable places where more people want to live, work and visit. Doncaster has set out an ambitious but deliverable masterplan to achieve that and I am working closely with Mayor Jones to help drive that plan forward.”
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse and levelling up every place in the UK as we prepare to leave the EU on 31 October.
“Ensuring our towns are supported to thrive is at the heart of this ambition and, thanks to £2.28 million of Local Growth Fund support for this important development, people in Doncaster will benefit from new facilities which will create jobs, attract investment and improve the experience of visiting the town centre for everyone.
“Alongside Government’s Future High Street Fund and forthcoming Town Deal, we’re backing Doncaster to prosper for generations to come.”
The Sheffield City Region Local Growth Fund contributed £2.28million to the Colonnades project with just over £1million coming from the council’s capital funding pot. This is money that cannot be spent on day-to-day services.
The Local Growth Fund (LGF) is government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.
By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund. There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England, which are investing LGF money in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.