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 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.
Click here to download the Heart of the City II Project Masterplan, which sets out the vision and delivery plan 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) Pinstone Street
Retail and leisure with 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
Retail and residential
The Laycock House block (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.
The development proposal is to retain Laycock House, but to demolish the rest of the block and create a brand-new building in its place. The new building would contain retail units on the ground floor, fronting onto Pinstone Street, with residential space above.
50 apartments are planned across seven floors, ranging from studio to three-bed apartments.
C) Pepper Pot
Retail and offices
The building colloquially known as the Pepper Pot 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.
The proposal is to retain the Pinstone Street façade, but completely rebuild everything behind this, to create a completely unique new office building with retail space on the ground floor. The new development would step up in height from Pinstone Street, from three storeys to eight storeys, and includes over 37,500 square foot of premium office space.
HSBC and retail
Construction on Phase One of the scheme, which includes the flagship new landmark office to be occupied by HSBC, is well underway.
This phase will regenerate the area in between Charter Square, Cambridge Street and Pinstone Street. The development includes approximately 160,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 60,000 sq ft of retail space and high quality public realm.
There will be approximately eight new retail units as part of this phase.
HSBC has signed as the anchor tenant on a 15-year lease, which commits a vitally important employer to the city centre. Main construction activity got underway in spring 2017 with completion of the building and new public realm due in 2019.
The strong architectural style has been designed to complement the existing cluster of high quality new offices in this part of the city centre and provide new retail accommodation with high-quality public realm.
- This building has been designed to respond to a significant level change of around 6m across the site. The south corner at the junction of Pinstone Street and Furnival Gate steps down by a storey to respond to it being at the lowest point of the site.
- The building has been carefully designed to respect the surrounding street patterns, as well as create strong links through and around the area to better connect existing parts of the city.
- The proportions and material choice will help the building relate to the scale of the surrounding buildings, particularly the existing buildings on Pinstone Street.
E) Vita and NCP
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. This means that the completed building is owned and managed by one owner, who is responsible for ongoing management, maintenance and security.
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) Carver Street
Offices, residential, parking and hotel
This city block will accommodate the highest diversity of use in the scheme. Anchored by a bold new office development with a striking lobby accessed from Carver Street and retail on the ground floor.
Immediately adjacent to this new office block is the existing 38 Carver Street building. This building will be overhauled to bring it up to modern standards and elements will be re-clad to front on to principle public spaces.
The major parking provision for the project will also be supplied on this block by way of a multi-storey parking deck.
H) Five Ways Square
Retail and leisure
This city block will contain a diverse range of buildings and uses, all centred around a unique dining court. The mixed-use site could also include events space, bowling, a boutique cinema and a unique makers/sellers space in Leah’s Yard.
Contemporary new build blocks will sit alongside the retained, historic buildings and respond sensitively to several key heritage buildings.
At the upper ground dining level, connections with retained historic buildings and streets will be enhanced, specifically Leah’s Yard and St Matthews Church. This block will also house a range of new and existing leisure units connected to a contemporary range of restaurants.
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.