Evans Property Group has won planning permission for a major scheme in Rotherham at the heart of a £2bn regeneration of the town.

Evans, advised on the application by GVA Grimley, has won planning from Rotherham Borough Council for a 172,000 sq ft office building, which will house the council’s new civic offices, on the former Guest & Chrimes industrial site.

Evans bought the site from Tomkins in 1999. The project is being led by subsidiary Evans Regeneration Investments.

The site was selected through an Official Journal of the European Union process as the council’s offices.

Beverley Smith, head of planning, development and regeneration at GVA Grimley’s Leeds office, has led the project at GVA throughout. She said: ‘Through persistent hard work, we have now helped to create a major regeneration opportunity for Rotherham as part of Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Towns scheme.

‘The development is now set to be the lynch pin for a £2billion renaissance of the town centre.’

John Bell, managing director of Evans, said: ‘The new civic centre will not only provide the town centre with a modern flagship building, but will also improve services to local people. It is a clear indication of the council’s continued commitment to the regeneration of the town centre.’

Evans is expected to start work on the scheme later in the year, and complete by early 2012 at the latest.