Shape of things to come .....

Work is well underway on the new Civic and Cultural Quarter on Waterdale.
Work is well underway on the new Civic and Cultural Quarter on Waterdale.

this picture shows how Doncaster’s new £300 million Cultural and Civic Quarter is taking shape.

Construction is continuing apace on the first phase of ambitious plans to breathe new life into the Waterdale area of the town centre.

Over the coming months more work will be carried out to create new council offices, Doncaster’s first public square and a performance venue, near to the former Doncaster College site.

Bulldozers will also start taking over more of the Waterdale Central car park with motorists encouraged to use spaces at the revamped Southern Bus Station car park.

Coun Jonathan Wood, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The new look car park will provide visitors to the Civic and Cultural Quarter with good quality parking.

“It will support people going to the new performance venue, the integrated customer service for council services and or meeting friends in the public square.

“It is part of the masterplan designed to revitalise Waterdale and boost our economy.

We have every reason to be pleased with progress to date. The civic offices’ building is clearly visible and rising further every day.”

The CCQ was one of the town’s ‘transformational projects’ announced by former mayor Martin Winter who signed off the first phase in the last few weeks of office.

The authority said it had to carry on with phase one otherwise face heavy fines for breaching a contract with developer Muse.

Other developments earmarked for the ten year project include a new library and leisure facilities as well as housing and a hotel.

However, no decision has been made as whether subsequent phases will go ahead.