Heart of the City II is delivering Sheffield city centre its long-awaited commercial, leisure, retail and residential focal point.
Building on the success of the original Heart of the City project, the current 1.5 million sq ft development will transform this area of the city centre into a dynamic mixed-use district that will help attract more jobs and investment, and ultimately, make Sheffield an even more rewarding place to live and work.
Sheffield City Council and its strategic development partner, Queensberry, are now delivering this vision, which includes proposals for premium retail brands, Grade A offices, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, urban living, boutique hotels and attractive public spaces.
Rather than creating brand new streets from scratch, the scheme follows the site’s existing street patterns, helping to better integrate and complement other shopping districts such as The Moor, Fargate, Barker’s Pool and the Devonshire Quarter. It also allows the Council to retain much of the city’s heritage, including the retention of the key frontages along Pinstone Street and Cambridge Street, plus the restoration of the historic, Grade II* Listed Leah’s Yard.
Heart of the City II is expected to create around 500 construction jobs and the scheme should support between 5,500 and 7,000 jobs once completed.
Click here to download the Heart of the City II Project Masterplan, which sets out the overarching masterplan for the scheme.
The 7-hectare site includes the area between Charter Square, Barker’s Pool and Pinstone Street, taking in Cross Burgess Street and Charles Street, Cambridge Street and up to Wellington Street.
A) Block A
Retail and leisure with anchor hotel
This city block forms the gateway to the Heart of the City II district from the east.
It sits within the City Centre Conservation Area and neighbours several historically significant buildings and public spaces, including the Peace Gardens, Barkers Pool, City Hall, Town Hall and Laycock House.
It has a commanding presence over the adjacent Peace Gardens. As such this plot is a significant opportunity to provide new, high profile commercial and public buildings whilst revitalising and celebrating Pinstone Street’s heritage.
B) Laycock House, Athol House, Burgess House
Retail, office and residential
Block B sits in a prominent location of Heart of the City II, to the south of the Citadel, with Cross Burgess Street to the north, Pinstone Street to the east and Charles Street to the west.
On the north east corner is Laycock House, which complements the historic Pinstone Street façade. This is a good example of a late Victorian building which has survived the 20th and early 21st centuries more or less completely in its original form.
Now under construction, Block B will feature eight premium retail units comprising nearly 10,000 sq ft, over 3,000 sq ft of office space and 52 urban apartments.
C) Isaacs Building
Retail and offices
Block C is located in between Pinstone Street, Cambridge Street and Charles Street. It incorporates two historic building blocks which form the southern end of the Pinstone streetscape.
The combined façade and its dramatic roofscape is an excellent example of Sheffield brick and terracotta architecture. It occupies a prominent position and is visible from the Peace Gardens through to The Moor.
Now under construction, Block C will be home to 39,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space, serving 450 employees, plus six premium retail units comprising over 8,000 sq ft.
D) Grosvenor House
Offices and retail
Grosvenor House – the brand new 165,000 sq ft office development and first phase of Heart of the City II – is now complete. The new home to HSBC in Sheffield, the building has set a new benchmark for offices in the city.
CMS – a top 10 global law firm – will join HSBC in the building in 2020 and is taking 47,500 sq ft of space. The move further strengthens the emergence of Heart of the City II as a new financial and professional services district for the city.
Leasing of the building’s ground floor retail and leisure units has also proven successful, with Swedish fashion brands, Weekday and Monki, opening their vibrant new stores on the corner of Pinstone Street and Furnival Gate. Popular independent café Marmadukes then followed in early 2020.
E) Block E
Retail or leisure with parking and student accommodation
This plot sits to the west of the Heart of the City II site and is bounded by Charter Row to the south, Rockingham Street to the west and Wellington Street to the north.
The current NCP carpark building is to be transformed into an iconic centrepiece for the entire scheme, completing the redevelopment of Charter Square.
The former British Telecom tower was extensively refurbished in 2016 to provide upmarket student residences by Vita Student.
F) Kangaroo Works
New residential community
Located at the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, close to Devonshire Green, this new residential development will be truly transformational for the area, which has been derelict for several years.
More than 350 high quality homes – a mix of for rent and for sale – will be built in the development. The new homes, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, will be offered for private rent under the Private Rented Sector (PRS) model of development.
The use of brick as the primary material takes inspiration from Sheffield’s urban heritage, and the scale of the development has been sensitively planned in response to other surrounding buildings. The development has been designed to step down from 15 storeys at its highest point to eight and then four storeys.
The new building 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.
G) Block G and 38 Carver Street
Offices, leisure and residential
Block G is enviably located between Carver Street, Rockingham Street, Division Street and Wellington Street.
Opening later in 2020, the existing office building at 38 Carver Street is set to be transformed into Cubo – an experience-led coworking space – and a stylish rooftop bar.
Sheffield City Council is also inviting interest on the rest of the Block G site, which provides an opportunity for a second hotel, office space and additional residential development.
H) Block H
Office, retail and leisure
Block H, which is located on the site between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, will provide a wide-ranging development split into three distinct elements (H1, H2 and H3).
Block H2 will be a visually striking zero carbon office building, taking inspiration from Sheffield’s industrial past. Block H3 – to be known as Cambridge Street Collective – will contain a diverse range of buildings and uses, all centred around a unique dining court.
A pre-application consultation was held between 12 March and 28 April 2020, and planning applications were submitted for Blocks H2 and H3 in May.
To find out more about the proposals, you view the consultation boards here.
I) John Lewis
The existing John Lewis building will remain in place under the current plans for the Heart of the City II. Current servicing provisions to the existing store will be reworked along Burgess Street. A strong link from the Peace Gardens through to Five Ways and ultimately Wellington Street will be preserved and enhanced.