Historical clock chimes again after decade of silence

by | 2 May 2024 | Community facility, Heritage, Rotherham

A clock that has remained silent for a decade chimed again on Tuesday 26th March as works to the clock tower at the former Maltby Grammar School gather pace.

The timepiece, that sits on the top of the building’s clocktower, has been restored to its former glory and has been heard chiming for the first time since 2014.

Contractors Clegg have worked with Smith of Derby to repair the clock, which is once again in pride of place on the building, heralding a new era for the repurposed business hub. Smith of Derby removed the clocks dial, works and hands and took the pieces to their workshop for cleaning and diagnostics.

David Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Maltby Learning Trust, said: “This is a time for new beginnings, and we are all extremely excited to hear the clock chime once again.

“This marks a key milestone in the refurbishment project, and we are edging closer to completing works to repurpose the old Grammar School building, creating a community resource that will accommodate local services, support wellbeing, employment and enterprise and provide substantial learning opportunities for the Maltby community.

“The building will extend Maltby Learning Trust’s post-16 specialist facilities and create an incubator space for training, apprenticeships and start-up support in the leisure and hospitality sectors.”
The £5.9million project, which will be completed in the spring, is transforming the iconic building into what will become a bustling community hub, bolstering educational, employment and enterprise opportunities in the Maltby area.

This ambitious project has been made possible through a winning bid secured by Rotherham Council via the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, providing a substantial £4.5million toward the redevelopment.

The revitalised building, including its iconic clocktower, will span three floors, featuring bookable workspaces, serviced hot-desking facilities, seminar rooms, a community coffee shop and an apprenticeship and skills development centre.

This initiative is part of a broader £20million investment by Rotherham Council focused on enhancing the leisure, economy and skills in Rotherham. Other attractions benefitting from the Levelling Up funding include Wentworth Woodhouse, Thrybergh Country Park, Rother Valley Country Park, Magna and Skills Street at Gulliver’s Valley.

For further information about Maltby Learning Trust visit www.maltbylearningtrust.com.