Civic and Cultural Quarter- next steps

Outline timetable

  • work on new cinema and restaurants to start summer 2015 and be open spring 2016
  • housing will continue on the site behind the new civic office
  • the flagship development will take six to eight years to complete

Key milestones completed

  • public roadshows and exhibitions providing residents across the borough with more information on the Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) project took place in January 2008
  • full council approved the CCQ scheme in February 2008
  • consultation took place with residents on what the public square should look like and feature in June 2008
  • the Development Agreement was signed with the council's development partner Muse Developments in April 2009
  • the outline planning application for the CCQ scheme was submitted in August 2009
  • on-site preparation works including the demolition of the former Doncaster College and the old Beechfield School started in August 2009
  • the Planning Committee approved the outline planning application for the CCQ in October 2009 (planning application number: 08/02535)
  • the Yorkshire Forward Board agreed in principle to providing £15.8m of funding for the CCQ project in November 2009
  • demolition and site clearance work was completed in December 2009. Items of historical interest, like the Clock Tower on the former Beechfield School were carefully taken down or removed. These artifacts have been saved for use in other building projects or for exhibitions
  • the Cabinet approved the latest civic office designs and gave permission to start work on tendering contracts when appropriate to do so in January 2010
  • the funding agreement with Yorkshire Forward was signed in March 2010
  • the reserved matters planning application for the new civic offices was submitted April 2010
  • the Planning Committee approved the reserved matters planning application for the civic offices on 8 June 2010 (planning application number: 10/00808)
  • a reserved matters planning application for the new performance venue and public square was submitted to the local planning authority in July 2010
  • the reserved matters planning applications for the new performance venue (planning application number: 10/01866/REMM) and public square (planning application number: 10/01952) were granted planning permission on 31 August 2010
  • Wates Construction was announced as the contractor for the new civic offices in November 2010
  • the CCQ was given the go ahead despite the withdrawal of some of the funding from Yorkshire Forward in November 2010
  • the planning application to create a temporary surface car park on land occupied by the former Doncaster College was granted on 22 November 2010 (planning application number: 10/02587) This will be created on land behind the old girls school after the new civic offices have been built
  • the planning application to refurbish the Southern Multi-Storey Car Park was approved on 23 November 2010 (planning application number: 10/02672)
  • the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of building the new civic offices took place on Thursday, 9 December 2010
  • a 'Meet the Buyer' event took place at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday, 13 January 2011. Companies had the opportunity to discuss potential work during the building of new civic offices with Wates Construction and their sub-contractors
  • changes to the road layouts around Waterdale and improvements to the public realm areas started January 2011. 
  • the refurbishment of the Southern Multi-Storey Car Park started in March 2011 
  • the phased closure of Waterdale Central Car Park began 16 May 2011 and was permanently closed by the end of August. The car park made way for the new performance venue and public square
  • the new College Road/Chequer Road junction was completed and opened to traffic in July 2011
  • work to turn Waterdale Road into a shared space for public transport and pedestrians began in July 2011 after the new junction above was opened
  • public realm improvements started in Waterdale Surface Car Park in July 2011
  • the creation of a new public square started July 2011
  • on site works for the new performance venue started Monday 12 September 2011. This coincided with the closure of the final part of Waterdale Central Car Park
  • the refurbished Southern Multi-Storey Car Park was fully open in September 2011. It is now called the Civic Quarter Car Park
  • an official breaking of the ground ceremony took place for the new performance venue on 11 October 2011
  • in November 2011, the Civic Quarter Car park received the prestigious Parkmark award to show it is a safe and secure car park
  • a topping out ceremony for the new civic offices took place on 6 December 2011. A Christmas tree was displayed on the building to mark the occasion
  • the new bus gate on Waterdale Road opened in February 2012
  • the sculpture 'Danum' was lifted into place in the new square on 30 May 2012
  • it was announced that the Beechfield School Clock Tower would have a new home at Walkers' Nurseries in June 2012
  • the new Sir Nigel Gresley Square was formally opened as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 3 June 2012
  • the new civic offices were completed in October 2012
  • Tim and Ben Godfrey, grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley, together with the Mayor, unveiled the name plaque in the new civic square on 31 October 2012
  • the Trust revealed the new performance venue would be called Cast on 15 November 2012
  • the new Chamber Road Car Park offering additional parking in the area opened in November 2012
  • the One-Stop-Shop for council services opened on Monday, 14 January 2013
  • the official opening ceremony for the new Civic Office, which included a performance by the Hill Top Primary School choir and a speech from Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, took place on Wednesday, 16 January 2013
  • planning permission for 97 homes on land at the junction of College and Chequer Road was approved on 6 February 2013
  • the main construction of Cast, the new performance venue, was completed in May 2013
  • construction of the new homes started in June 2013 at the Gables
  • Cast, the new venue, was officially opened on Friday, 6 September 2013 when the Cast of Thousands took place outside in Sir Nigel Gresley Square
  • demolition of redundant building/sites began in January 2014
  • the Council House was demolished by controlled explosion on Sunday 20 July 2014
  • plans to bring a new cinema and restaurants to the CCQ were announced on 19 November 2014
  • demolition work was completed in December 2014

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Last updated: 19 December 2016 13:50:04