Sheffield’s city centre has, over the last two decades, experienced a dramatic transformation. And, following the economic decline that has affected the UK in recent years, and more recently the pandemic, confidence in the city centre is returning.
There is renewed capacity for investment and regeneration. New public realm projects are underway. Cranes and diggers dominate the horizon with developments taking shape at considerable pace. Major investment in The Moor and the Council’s new £450m Heart of the City II mixed-use scheme is helping to create a stronger retail, hospitality and leisure proposition. In addition to the large-scale physical infrastructure projects, the city centre needs a competitive offer. This means getting the basics right through a clean and safe city centre and creating the conditions for a vibrant economy. An economy where more people want to visit, stay longer and spend money.
Heart of the City II
Heart of the City is being built in Sheffield city centre. Bordered by Pinstone Street and the Peace Gardens to the east, The Moor and Charter Row/Furnival Gate to the south, Rockingham Street and the Kangaroo Works to the west with Division Street, Fargate, Barker’s Pool & City Hall to the north. When complete, the £470m development will further enhance the connectivity and circulation of the city centre, linking together The Moor, Fargate, Barker’s Pool and the Devonshire Quarter.
The Heart of the City masterplan will deliver a dynamic mixed-use district as a commercial hub of the city centre. Proposals include premium retail brands, independent restaurants, Grade A offices, quality apartments, four and five-star hotels, and attractive public spaces.
More details about the Heart of the City can be found here.
Named after Sheffield’s first chief fire officer, Superintendent John Pound, a new 6,000m green space is planned for Spring 2022 on the former fire station site between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street and Carver Street if the proposals are given the go ahead. The plans include a cafe/bar terrace as well as a water play area, office space and an ‘urban orchard’.
Sheffield City Council has chosen a developer to refurbish one of the city’s most iconic heritage buildings and create a hub for independent retailers. Leah's Yard, in Cambridge Street, was the home of small industrial manufacturers in the 19th century. The once prestigious building has been abandoned for more than 20 years but is now part of the Heart of the City II scheme. Local company Sheffield Science Park Company (SSPCo) has been awarded the contract. Work starts March 2021.
Cambridge Street Collective
Hot on the heels of the Leah's Yard announcement, the company behind some of Sheffield’s favourite food venues, The Milestone Group, has been chosen to run Cambridge Street Collective, a culturally diverse food destination that forms part of the Heart of the City II scheme. Cambridge Street Collective, which sits behind the recognisable Henry’s Corner and Bethel Sunday School on Cambridge Street, will feature a contemporary food hall, cookery school and fine dining experience. Work starts March 2021.
The £50 million residential building, known as Kangaroo Works, located at the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, will deliver 364 new apartments for private rent, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. At ground floor level, there will also be up to five commercial spaces ideally suited to cafés, restaurants or start-up businesses. The scheme’s unique name pays homage to the site’s heritage as a former tool factory that in the early nineteenth century. Work starts first half of 2021.
Sheffield West Bar
A £300m city centre scheme which is expected to create around 6,000 new jobs has moved a step forward after a planning application was submitted for the delivery of the £150m first phase. The West Bar development involves construction of a 100,000 sq ft office building and 368 build-to-rent residential apartments.The first phase is the office building, No.1 West Bar Square, which also includes ground floor retail and leisure provision.
Future High Streets Fund
With funding awarded in December 2020 from the Governmnet's Future High Street Fund, a new £20m will start in early 2021 to complement Heart of the City II and The Moor's transformation. With this money Fargate and High Street are to be reinvented as 'social hubs'. One of the main elements is Event Central, a multi-use space that will be created in a building on Fargate previously used for retail - this will host events and exhibitions, as well as offering co-working facilities and a café. Seating areas, greenery and lighting are on the way too, along with areas to stage events outdoors. The work starts 2021 and is expected to complete early 2024.
Harris CM has now started work (March 2021) on a £1.5m refurbishment project that will see 45-47 Fargate transformed into a new retail / food & beverage environment. This was home to Next before the retailer moved to The Moor. Work includes the installation of a new façade as well as the creation of a roof terrace.
Other planning applications
14-18 West Bar Green
Six Degrees Sheff Ltd has put forward plans to Sheffield City Council to demolish a vacant warehouse at the Orchard Centre, 14-18 West Bar Green, and build 14 new purpose built apartments for students.
Following a bid to Government by Sheffield City Region, the city has been granted funding from the Transforming Cities Fund. This means that Sheffield can start improving its transport infrastructure to enable people to get around the city more easily using low carbon, sustainable and inclusive ways of travelling including walking, cycling and public transport. For the city centre, more cycling routes will be developed; bus routes will be more direct to speed up journey times, improve reliability and reduce congestion. Walking around the centre will be a much easier and attractive option and will be complemented by green spaces. The Council's Connecting Sheffield proposal can be viewed here.