Regeneration is not our core remit but diminishing public sector budgets mean that we are in a strong position to take a greater interest in shaping the city centre. To support regeneration, we can lead campaigns regarding physical changes to the public realm, improvements to public transport and the local environment. In 2019 a significant amount of regeneration is underway which demonstrates significant confidence in the future of Sheffield city centre. Current developments include:
West Bar Square
Urbo (West Bar) Ltd is set to deliver 200,000 sq.f.t of Grade A office space, 350 Build to Rent homes, a multi-story car park and high quality landscaped public spaces. This is a joint venture between Urbo and Peveril Securities, the development arm of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group. The West Bar Square project will be located on the Inner Ring Road between the Kelham Island district and Sheffield’s Cathedral Quarter. The first phase will deliver large footprint, modern office space, which is expected to accommodate up to 1,800 workers. The creation of West Bar Square will complement the neighbouring Riverside Business District which already boasts key office occupiers including the Home Office, top 50 law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Crown and Family Courts.
Heart of the City II
Heart of the City II is one of Sheffield’s key economic projects. Backed by Sheffield City Council alongside its strategic delivery partner Queensberry, the scheme will provide a dynamic and vibrant mixed-use district in the heart of the city centre and make Sheffield an even more exciting and interesting place to live and work. In addition to encouraging new retailers to the city centre, the £500m scheme will provide Grade A office space, two 4 or 5-star hotels, residential developments, restaurants and cafés, leisure destinations, parking and stunning public realm – all creating the type of high quality central quarter that helps attract jobs and investment.
The scheme will bring together the old and the new, maintaining the existing street patterns and heritage buildings whilst adding striking new architecture and unique outdoor squares and spaces. Rooted in the city’s unique character, it will help knit together The Moor, the Devonshire Quarter and Fargate, providing a new home for Sheffield’s cultural, commercial and creative trailblazers.
The development of Grosvenor House, a new purpose-built 140,000sq ft office for HSBC with accompanying offices and 60,000 square feet of prime retail space is near to completion (at February 2019).
This is an important residential site within the master plan for Heart of the City II located at the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, close to Devonshire Green. Known as Block F in the Heart of the City II masterplan, it has been acquired by a joint venture company made up of Angelo Gordon and Ridgeback Group.
Angelo Gordon is a US based global investment advisor founded in 1988 which currently has approximately $32 billion of assets under management. They have significant experience in the Build-to-Rent sector, having owned and operated over 50,000 units in the USA and 5,000 in Europe. Ridgeback Group is a UK-focused residential investor and operator jointly owned by Duncan Walker, ex Investment Director at Helical plc, and George Bossom. This will be the joint venture’s first major Build-to-Rent development in the UK, with Sheffield seen as a forerunner to further investments.
More than 340 high quality homes – a mix of for rent and for sale – will be built in the development, which will be known as Kangaroo Works. The name is in recognition of a former tool factory which was part of the site in the early nineteenth century.
Sheffield contractor, Henry Boot Construction, has been appointed to carry out the construction works which will be designed by local architects, Whittam Cox.
The development will be overseen by Brantingham Homes, a niche residential developer also based in Sheffield. A detailed planning application is to be submitted in the next few months and work could begin on site by the end of 2019.
Plans for Block B of Heart of the City II, feature a sensitive redevelopment of Laycock House. Fronting onto Pinstone Street, Block B will occupy a prominent city centre location, situated between Pinstone Street, Cross Burgess Street and Charles Street, behind the John Lewis store.
Laycock House is a late Victorian building which has survived the 20th and 21st centuries pretty much in its original form. Should approval be granted, the plans for Block B include the sensitive renovation of the residences and smaller retail units within Laycock House. The current existing courtyard behind the building will be opened up and reimagined as a welcoming city garden, with a café proposed for the ground floor unit complete with tables spilling out into the courtyard, giving a modern city-living space.
There will also be four new retail units at ground floor level and 52 apartments across the seven floors above, delivering a high-quality residential offer in a superb location as well as Grade A office space aimed at smaller businesses.
Part of the Heart of the City II masterplan, Block C, often referred to as the Pepper Pot, fronts onto Pinstone Street. The Pepper Pot is a strong example of a Victoria building that has survived virtually unaltered. Plans include the retention of the attractive Victorian façade of the existing structure, while redeveloping and expanding the building behind it.
Block C will feature five retail units on the ground floor and 37,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space on the seven floors above.
Eye Witness Works
Plans by CAPITAL&CENTRIC to create a new community at a former cutlery works on Milton Street have been approved by Sheffield City Council (February 2019). The £21m plan includes the restoration of the iconic Eyewitness Works and Ceylon Works, along with construction of a six-storey building on the site that was formerly home to the Brunswick Hotel. The development will kick start the regeneration of the area and will include 97 loft apartments and town houses, along with a 900 sq ft café-bar.
Castlegate and Sheffield Castle
Castlegate Kickstark is a package of funding (£786,000) to revive the wider Castlegate area by making it more attractive, modern and vibrant, incorporating what is left of the city’s medieval past. Castlegate is a major gateway into the city centre. The regeneration of Castlegate includes an archaeological dig, essential repairs to the Old Town Hall, bringing empty shops back into use and creating a conservation area. A hub for digital businesses is also in the making.
Castlegate and Fitzalan Square
Work on the historic Fitzalan Square as part of the £5m knowledge gateway programme is already under way whilst the £5m extension of the award-winning Grey To Green scheme into Castlegate is also expected to begin in the Spring.
Both schemes are funded by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Sheffield City Council with contributions from Sheffield Hallam University to the Knowledge Gateway and the Canal and Rivers Trust to Grey to Green.
Grey To Green is an extension of the Phase 1 works completed in 2016 around West Bar, Bridge Street and the bottom of Snig Hill, scooping a wheelbarrow of awards. Work is set to start on site in March 2019. The scheme will see the former inner ring road from Exchange Place to Blonk Street narrowed with major environmental improvements including an extensive network of Sustainable Urban Drainage with meadow, cycleways, expanded footways, street furniture and public art.
The project will bring economic regeneration into the area as well as enhancing the connectivity of the hotels, encouraging new cafes, bars and restaurants between Victoria Quays and Kelham Island.
In January 2019 work began on the second phase of the redevelopment of Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill flats. The £30 million renovation of five more flanks of the grade II listed building will see developer Urban Splash and Places for People create a further 200 residential properties.
Pinstone Street / Furnival Gate
Edinburgh-based Corem has bought the site on the corner of Pinstone Street and Furnival Gate with outline permission for a 32-storey skyscraper in Sheffield city centre. Outline planning consent exists for a block of private rented flats – rivalling Sheffield’s tallest in height, St Paul’s Tower – a 13-storey building on Union Street and a new building on Pinstone Street. There would be shops on the lower floors to create a ‘strong, active link between The Moor and the emerging Heart of the City II.
Vidrio, Sheffield Digital Campus
Scarborough International Properties Limited has submitted an application (January 2019) to Sheffield City Council for detailed planning consent for Vidrio, an eight storey, 60,000 sq ft office building located on the Sheffield Digital Campus (DC).
The development will complete the final phase of Sheffield DC. The most recent addition to the scheme was Acero, an 80,600 sq ft Grade A office building which completed in July 2017.
Following the success of building one, Electric Works, building two, Ventana House and most recently Acero, Vidrio is the fourth building planned for Sheffield DC.
A private development of 50 post graduate luxury apartments is underway at Fargate Court overlooking Fargate and Chapel Walk. The £4.6m scheme is set to complete in 2019.
Deacon House, 32 Eyre Street
Deacon House, a seven-storey building formerly occupied by HSBC and owned by London-based Makepeace Investments, is undergoing a £4m refurbishment. It is aimed at smaller businesses in creative and digital industries.
Platform, Sylvester Street
Platform is to develop a new build to rent scheme of 350 private apartments on the site of a former car park. The Sylvester Street site is located in the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) and just a five-minute walk from the new Heart of the City II. Block A, towards the rear of the site, will be an L-shaped block ranging from 14 storeys by Decathlon down to seven storeys at Mary Street. Block B is nearer to the historic buildings of the CIQ, and will be a smaller, standalone block, ranging from five to six storeys, to remain in keeping with the character of the existing buildings.
An old electricity substation in Sheffield city centre has received planning permission (January 2019) to be transformed into a new bar and restaurant. Partnering with Sheffield Hallam University, the venue will allow students and young people to host their own nights as well as regular events.