Monday March 12th 2018
Next stage of city centre transformation revealed
Sheffield BID is excited by proposals for the next phase of Sheffield’s transformative city centre regeneration scheme, the Heart of the City II scheme, which have been revealed by Sheffield City Council today.
By providing a dynamic, mixed use district of 1.5 million square feet in the heart of the city centre without changing existing street layouts, and retaining buildings crucial to the city’s heritage, the Heart of the City II scheme will create something uniquely Sheffield, which is fantastic.
The scheme will integrate and complement existing city centre shopping areas, bringing together The Moor, Fargate and the Devonshire Quarter to create a city centre that provides retail, food and drink, and leisure provision, alongside beautiful public spaces and squares.
The regeneration will attract high quality brands, premium retailers and high street favourites currently missing in the city centre, making Sheffield a shopping destination. The proposals also feature significant levels of office and residential space, which are key to increasing footfall and spending power and are crucial to creating and sustaining a vibrant city centre where people live, work and play.
Whilst the Heart of the City II regeneration scheme is bringing Sheffield city centre into a new era, a number of historic Sheffield buildings are marked for redevelopment in a bid to preserve the city’s past. Leah’s Yard, an old little mesters builing, the Pinstone Street frontages and the old Salvation Army Citadel will play a crucial role in making sure Sheffield’s strong and proud history will play a role in the city’s bright future.
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “It is fantastic that the council and its partners are pushing ahead with the Heart of the City II project. We have seen Phase One come to fruition and its great to now see further proposals for the scheme.
“Sheffield city centre needs to up its game, but we need to remember we’re not trying to be another Leeds or Manchester, we need to retain the uniqueness of Sheffield. The Heart of the City II project looks set to do that. By attracting high value retailers, retaining Sheffield’s strong independent offer and incorporating the city’s heritage into the scheme, the Heart of the City II project will put Sheffield on the map as a great city to invest in, do business in, live in and visit.”
Phase One of the Heart of the City II scheme, which includes HSBC’s flagship new office, is due for completion in 2019. Sheffield City Council and its strategic development partner Queensberry will be presenting the updated masterplan to Cabinet for approval on 21 March, with the key focus being on driving the scheme forward.