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Studio rooms completed in Civic and Cultural Quarter

Published: 26th April 2016

A Doncaster-based property company has completed the transformation of a leisure and residential site which is part of the town’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter development.
Now Barnsdales and Barnsdales Living are working with Empire Property Concepts to market the refurbished pub and the 15 stylish studio rooms which have been converted from former bedsits.

Paul Rothwell, Managing Director of Empire, moved quickly to acquire the Turf Tavern site in College Road at an attractive price which enabled him to commit to a high quality improvement programme.
He said: “The Turf Tavern had been closed for many years. We heard it was available and we managed to buy it for just £140,000, enabling us to invest a further £300,000 on a major refurbishment.”
The building sits next to Doncaster’s former south bus station and is part of the Waterdale complex which is the subject of a £300 million improvement programme covering 25 acres and taking place over six to eight years.

Main developers St Modwen have announced that they are about to start the redevelopment of the nearby Young Street car park to provide new retail and leisure facilities by early 2017.
Peter Rothery, Residential Sales & Residential Lettings Manager at Barnsdales Living, who have been appointed by Mr Rothwell, said the Waterdale development will add to the appeal of the studio rooms at a time when demand is increasing for urban residential opportunities.

He said: “Doncaster Council’s partnership with St Modwen is driving the transformation of the Waterdale area and the creation of the Civic and Cultural Quarter and this project by Empire Property Concepts is an example of the additional investment which is being attracted into the town centre.
“The beauty of this property is that it was previously used for residential and the fact that it was acquired for a good price enabled the new owner to invest more money in a high standard of modernisation.”

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