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Unique office building given new lease of life

[September 2019]

Sheffield City Council has announced it is looking for a new co-working or business centre operator to occupy the 26,000 sq ft office building at 38 Carver Street.

The office building at 38 Carver Street is five storeys and sits in a superb location within the one of most vibrant and thriving areas of Sheffield City Centre.

The building is a stone’s throw from the new public realm at Charter Square, the independent bars and restaurants of the Devonshire Quarter.

Crucially, the building sits within the rapidly growing business district which is developing through the £470 million Heart of the City II project. A key aspect of any proposed operation in the building is that it adds to the dynamic of the wider scheme and delivers engaging ground floor usage. The Council are ideally looking for a leading co-working or business centre operator to take on the building.

While in sound condition, the building does require some investment in mechanical and electrical services to bring it up to a more modern standard and the Council is happy to work with the selected tenant to make this happen.

The building boasts up to 26,000 sq ft of self-contained office space, an impressive atrium running from the first floor up through the building, 20 car parking spaces and a rare opportunity for a contemporary roof garden.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“This is a fabulous opportunity for someone to take a unique space in a prime pitch of the city centre. The building has so much going for it in terms of scale and bespoke features, so we’re really excited to see someone do something very special with it.

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“We are deliberately targeting a co-working operator as we want to provide more opportunities for smaller and start up companies within the creative and digital industries, to help them build a city centre base and grow their businesses.

“As we’ve said before, the Heart of the City scheme is about much more than purely retail and we have already received several serious enquiries from operators wanting to be a part of it and breathe new life into this distinctive property”

The property will be formally marketed until 10th May 2019. The letting agents for the building are colloco, Cushman & Wakefield and Lambert Smith Hampton.

Watch: Marmadukes to open new city centre cafe in Heart Of The City II

[July 2019]

One of Sheffield’s most popular local businesses is opening a second store in the city’s transformative £470m Heart Of The City II – which is designed to make local creatives a central part of the scheme.

The Scandinavian-styled venue, complete with mezzanine and outdoor terrace next to HSBC on Cambridge Street, comes just days after Swedish fashion brands Monki and Weekday confirmed moves to the Heart Of The City II, providing the perfect blend of local and international in the new development.

The original Marmadukes café, which opened on Norfolk Row in 2012, will remain open for business as usual.

WATCH OUR VIDEO WITH MARMADUKES HERE

Hugely popular with Sheffield residents and workers, Marmadukes uses local, sustainable and ethical suppliers – such as Our Cow Molly – to make fresh coffee, salads, sandwiches and baked goods in house every day.

While still serving up its speciality coffee and homemade cakes, the new 1,500 square foot venue will have a stronger focus on its vegan and vegetarian offer as well.

Tim Nye from Marmadukes said:

“We are proud to call Sheffield our home and are excited to be playing a part in the Heart of the City II regeneration scheme. It is a major development that will significantly transform this district of the city centre.

“We are a family-run business with a small but growing team. Our aim is to offer city centre visitors and weekday workers the best in British daytime food and drink. We are all incredibly passionate about what we do – something we believe is reflected in our café the moment you walk through our door.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“Marmadukes is one of Sheffield city centre’s best loved independents, so we are delighted that they are continuing to grow their business within the city centre.

“The plan for Heart of the City II is not just for the big banks and businesses but to give the scheme a beating heart of local energy. That is how we can say that the scheme is distinctively Sheffield and not like anywhere else. Businesses such as Marmadukes will compliment some of the bigger chains in the city centre perfectly.”

Jocelyn Holmes, Senior Leasing Manager at Queensberry, said:

“Marmadukes has a brilliant reputation locally for serving high quality coffee and food in a stylish and stripped-back environment.

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“Major companies and potential investors, such as HSBC, are all looking for something a little bit more bespoke from their surrounding offer these days. Having a café that is distinct to Sheffield, with a strong identity and focus on ethical ingredients, really appeals.”

Heart of the City II has momentum, with more occupier announcements in Grosvenor House anticipated soon, as well as construction getting underway on nearby Blocks B and C of the masterplan.

Proposals for the wider scheme include more modern workspaces, premium shops, urban homes, restaurants and cafes, stylish hotels and relaxing public spaces.

New Swedish Fashion Brands set for Heart of the City II

[July 2019]

Swedish fashion brands Monki and Weekday have signed up to Heart of the City II this week, becoming the first new retail outlets in the £470m innovative city centre scheme.

The new Weekday store will be the first in the UK outside London, whilst the Monki store will be the first in Yorkshire.

Both brands are part of fashion retailer H&M Group and will be located on the ground floor of Grosvenor House – the new flagship office for HSBC, with customers able to access the stores from Pinstone Street.

Both shops are expected to open their doors to the public in November, ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Monki is a storytelling brand offering great fashion at a competitive price, aiming to be kind to the world and empowering the young women in it.

Jennie Dahlin Hansson, Managing Director of Monki, said:

“Sheffield is a city full of young, creative people and we can’t wait to open our first store there and share the full Monki experience.”

Weekday is a fashion and denim brand influenced by youth culture and street style. Dedicated to encouraging self-confidence and self-expression, the brand inspires through a combination of creativity and cultural understanding. It reflects on issues such as sexism, gender equality, current events and popular culture.

Daniel Herrmann, Managing Director of Weekday, added:

“We have had great success in London and are now thrilled to be opening our first store in northern England, enabling more customers to experience our brand.

“Sheffield is the home to a vibrant creative scene, and we look forward to meeting this great community.”

Heart of The City II is Sheffield City Council’s ambitious plan to transform its city centre into a vibrant mix of residential, retail and lifestyle space. It’s the largest ever development to take place in Sheffield featuring new roads, public spaces and heritage alongside a compelling retail and residential offer.

Monki and Weekday will have stores of 5,221 square feet and 8,379 square feet respectively.

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Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We are delighted to have secured the first of the scheme’s retailers in Monki and Weekday. They are both completely new brands to the city and will offer our shoppers more variety and choice.

“The announcement really showcases what the Heart of The City II scheme is all about – a modern and sophisticated district where people can work, live, shop and visit.

“We are expecting further exciting announcements, which reflect our ongoing ambition for this to be the country’s most transformative and ambitious city centre development. With the council as the developer, it shows other cities that their centres can be vibrant places bustling with retail, residential and leisure opportunities.”

Jocelyn Holmes, Senior Leasing Manager at Queensberry, said:

“Monki and Weekday have really bought into the vision for the city centre and see it as the perfect location to expand their brands. Sheffield will be home to the first Monki in Yorkshire and the first Weekday outside of London, which is a real coup.”

Heart of the City II has real momentum. As well as the completion of Grosvenor House, construction is now getting underway on nearby Blocks B and C of the masterplan, while plans for a residential development called Kangaroo Works were recently submitted to the local planning authority.

Proposals for the wider scheme include more modern workspaces, premium shops, urban homes, restaurants and cafes, stylish hotels and relaxing public spaces.

Plans have been submitted for a new £50m residential development in Sheffield City Centre – part of the Heart of the City II masterplan

 

[May 2019]

Plans for a major new residential development in Sheffield city centre – part of the mixed-use Heart of the City II scheme – took an exciting step forward today with the submission of a planning application.

The £50 million residential building, known as Kangaroo Works, will be located at the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street. The development will deliver 364 new apartments for private rent, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. At ground floor level, there will be up to five commercial spaces ideally suited to cafés, restaurants or start-up businesses.

The scheme’s unique name pays homage to a former tool factory that was part of the site in the early nineteenth century.

The site – labelled Block F in the Heart of the City II masterplan and currently home to a surface car park – was sold by Sheffield City Council earlier this year to a joint venture group made up of Angelo Gordon – a major US based global investment advisor – and Ridgeback Group. The group has employed Sheffield-based Brantingham Homes to manage the scheme, working alongside locally based Whittam Cox Architects and construction partner Henry Boot Construction Ltd.

The scale of the development has been sensitively planned in response to other surrounding buildings, stepping down from 15 storeys at its highest point to eight and four storeys. The use of attractive brick as the primary material takes inspiration from Sheffield’s urban heritage.

The new apartments will be built and operated under the Private Rented Sector (PRS) model, which will provide high quality accommodation for the non-student market. The scheme will provide the calibre of facilities and long-term management to encourage residents to stay and put down roots.

Michael Crooks of Brantingham Homes, said:

“Great progress has been made with Heart of the City II in recent years and we’re delighted to be submitting plans for this next block. Kangaroo Works is a key residential site within the scheme and will help support the forthcoming retail and leisure occupiers.

“Demand for this type of housing is very high. It offers great flexibility and appeals to a wide range of people who want to live in the city centre – close to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. We are seeking to create a permanent community of residents that will contribute to the future growth and vitality of the city centre.”

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Ian Lowson, Director at Whittam Cox Architects, commented:

“We are pleased to see our plans progress and look forward to working closely with the team on this important asset for Sheffield city centre.

“Our design team comprises professionals who live and work in the Sheffield City Region, so have both a firm understanding of the urban context and a vested interest in delivering a scheme of exceptional quality. It will enhance the character of the area and create a bespoke, transformational scheme for Sheffield.”

George Bossom of Ridgeback Group added:

“Sheffield is becoming one of the UK’s most dynamic cities. We believe this scheme will set a new benchmark for quality in the city centre, contributing to the creation of a new, vibrant commercial district.”

The wider Heart of the City II masterplan builds on the success of the original Heart of the City scheme. Over the coming years, it aims to deliver a dynamic mixed-use district that will become the 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.

Construction on Phase One of the scheme, which includes the flagship new 140,000 square foot HSBC office and striking Charter Square public realm, has completed and is currently undergoing internal fit outs.

Subject to planning approval, construction of Kangaroo Works could begin by the end of 2019.

Next blocks of Sheffield’s Heart of the City II Get Green Light

[March 2019]

As phase one of Sheffield’s Heart of the City II moves towards completion, the next two blocks (B and C) in the city centre regeneration scheme were today granted approval at a planning committee meeting.

The proposals for Block B and Block C were originally presented at public consultation events back in September 2018 and submitted to the local planning authority in November 2018.

Block B and Block C front on to Pinstone Street and the approved designs, drawn up by Leonard Design Architects, include retaining the attractive Victorian façades of the existing buildings, whilst redeveloping and expanding the structures behind them.

The plans for Block B, which incorporates Laycock House – a late Victorian building which has more or less survived completely intact, include the sensitive renovation of the residences and smaller retail units within Laycock House. The current existing courtyard behind the building will be reimagined as a welcoming city garden, with a café proposed for the ground floor unit. 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.

Block C sits between Pinstone Street, Cambridge Street and Charles Street, alongside the soon-to-be completed Block D, which is home to the new HSBC office. Known locally as the Pepper Pot, the plans include five retail units on the ground floor and 37,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space on the seven floors above.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We are extremely pleased to have secured the go ahead on Blocks B and C of this significant scheme. The two blocks will transform the Pinstone Street retail scene and add more much-needed quality office space and new homes.

“The Council and our strategic development partner Queensberry would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit constructive comments on the plans and help influence the direction of the final design.

“With HSBC’s new flagship Sheffield office and the Charter Square public realm nearing completion, as well as the recently announced US investment in Block F, we are starting to see some real momentum across the Heart of the City II scheme. The city centre will soon have a new district boasting a mix of high-quality retail, residential and office space to be proud of.”

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Paul Sargent, Chief Executive of Queensberry, said:

“We are pleased to receive planning approval for Blocks B and C within the masterplan.

“This keeps the Heart of the City scheme on track and delivery of the overall masterplan proposals we announced early last year with Sheffield City Council.

“With Grosvenor House nearly complete, you can already see how the scheme has transformed this area of the city and these latest blocks will help knit together the old and the new. We look forward to seeing commencement on site and further progression of the scheme.”

A contractor to work across both Block B and Block C is set to be announced in the next few weeks and work on site is likely to start this summer, with completion expected by the end of 2020.

Building on the success of the original Heart of the City II scheme, the 1.5 million sq ft masterplan will significantly regenerate the area of the city centre sitting between Barker’s Pool, the Peace Gardens and The Moor, creating a dynamic mixed-use district with premium retail and leisure brands, Grade A offices, contemporary residential space and attractive public realm.

Planning advice on the scheme is being provided by Montagu Evans.

Major US Investor Chooses Heart of the City II for Significant UK Residential

[January 2019]

The mixed-use Heart of the City II development, designed to transform Sheffield City Centre, is to take another major step forward after the council exchanged contracts for the sale of a key residential site within the master plan.

The site is largely cleared and 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 the year.

This latest announcement follows recent planning applications and the completion of Grosvenor House, a new purpose-built 140,000sq ft office for HSBC with accompanying offices and retail.

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Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are committed to developing a city centre that is a hub of high skill, high wage jobs and opportunities for the people of Sheffield and beyond that gives the people of Sheffield the vibrant and modern leisure, retail and social experiences that you would expect of a leading city the size of Sheffield, with new homes too.

“This is a great start to the new year and a fantastic vote of confidence in Sheffield. We  need  new homes of all types  and these high-quality homes for rent and for sale fits with our strategy of widening the mix in the city centre.”

Duncan Walker of Ridgeback Group said: “We are delighted to have secured this site in joint venture with Angelo Gordon for our first UK Build-to-Rent investment. We recognise that Sheffield has strong demand for high quality homes to rent as its economy continues to grow.”

Michael Crooks of Brantingham Homes, said: “I’m excited to be appointed on this project having watched the progress that has been made with the Heart of the City II scheme in recent years. This is a perfect location and we have assembled a first class local team to deliver a development that we and Sheffield can be proud of.”

Plans Submitted for ‘Pepper Pot’ and ‘Laycock House’ Blocks

[November 2018]

The next stage of Sheffield’s Heart of The City II scheme has taken another step forward, with two planning applications being submitted to the local planning authority for approval.

Proposals for Blocks B and C were presented at public consultation during September. More than 250 people attended the two public drop-in sessions as part of the consultation on Blocks B and C, which took place at The Art House and Sheffield Winter Garden. Visitors were able to view and discuss the proposals with members of the project team and provide feedback that contributed to the finalisation of the plans.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

We are grateful to members of the public and stakeholders for their feedback over the last few months as we have worked towards submission. This development continues the momentum which is seeing the heart of the city changing before our eyes with an innovative mix of retail, residential and office uses as well as stunning public realm improvements that will continue to make Sheffield attractive to businesses and investors.”

Subject to planning, construction on Blocks B and C could commence in spring 2019, with completion expected by the end of 2020.

Block B – Laycock House

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 more or less completely 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.

 

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Councillor Mazher Iqbal continued:

“Submitting another planning application is a sign that the Heart of the City II project is taking big leaps forward. We are confident that these plans represent the best balance possible in terms of giving a new use to the much-loved Laycock House whilst also providing added economic opportunity and vibrancy to 21st century Sheffield, and reflect the very best of our city.”

Block C – Pepper Pot

Block C, often referred to as the Pepper Pot, fronts onto Pinstone Street and 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.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal added:

“During our public consultation in September, we received very valuable feedback which we have listened to and used to refine proposals for the Pepper Pot. While converting into a mix of retail uses and Grade A offices, we are also retaining the striking Pinstone Street façade so as to preserve as much of the city’s heritage as possible. It is an excellent blend of providing for the future while maintaining vistas of our past.”

 

New two blocks of Sheffield’s Heart of the City II scheme unveiled as consultation gets underway

[September 2018]

Proposals and new images of the next two blocks in Sheffield city centre’s transformative Heart of the City II scheme were unveiled to the public today.

Officially referred to as Blocks B and C in the wider masterplan, but known better as Laycock House and Pepper Pot respectively, plans for the two sites enter a period of public consultation today which will run until 28 September, ahead of planning applications being submitted in October.

Building on the success of the original Heart of the City scheme, cabinet approved Sheffield City Council and strategic development partner Queensberry’s 1.5 million square foot Heart of the City II development in March this year.

Designed by Leonard Design Architects, Heart of the City II will significantly transform this area of the city centre into a dynamic mixed-use district, boasting premium retail brands, Grade A offices, contemporary residential space, high-end hotels and attractive public spaces. New leisure facilities will feature, alongside restaurants and a cutting-edge food courtyard.

By keeping to the existing street patterns, the scheme will help integrate with existing shopping districts such as The Moor, Fargate and the Devonshire Quarter, and crucially, see John Lewis remain in its existing location on Barker’s Pool.

There will be a phase-by-phase approach to development, with construction on Phase One (Block D) of the scheme, which includes the flagship new office to be occupied by HSBC, already underway and on schedule for completion in 2019.

Blocks B and C are the next two blocks of the scheme to be designed and developed and are central to the Council’s reimagined plans for Pinstone Street.

Block B – known as the Laycock House block, sits 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 of Block B is Laycock House itself, which complements the historic Pinstone Street façade and is a strong example of a late Victorian building that has survived 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.

In total, this entire block would contain up to nine 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.

Block C – known as the Pepper Pot block, is located further down Pinstone Street towards The Moor. It lies between Pinstone Street, Cambridge Street and Charles Street.

Similar to Block B, the proposal is to retain the Pinstone Street façade, but completely rebuild everything behind this, to create a completely unique new office building with five retail units 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 sq ft of premium Grade A office space.

In total, Phase One (Block D) and Blocks B and C will introduce approximately 67,500 sq ft of retail space (up to 22 new units), 200,000 sq ft of office space and 37,000 sq ft of residential space, to this part of the city centre, helping to create a genuinely important new business and social hub.

 

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Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“I am delighted to see the plans for the next stages of Heart of the City II come forward. The two blocks will transform the Pinstone Street retail scene and add more much-needed quality office and residential space at the same time.

“The Council is keen to retain as much of the city’s heritage as possible throughout this project. We have worked hard to see the retention of the Pinstone Street frontage whilst delivering new transformational development for the area.

“The public consultation phase is a very important step and we are keen to know the thoughts of Sheffield residents and local businesses, so we will then be able to incorporate these ideas and comments in our final planning applications.”

Two public consultation drop-in events will take place on 11 and 12 September and will provide stakeholders and members of the public with the opportunity to discuss the proposals with key members of the Project Team.

 

Tuesday 11 September 2018
4:30pm-7:00pm
The Art House
8 Backfields, Sheffield S1 4HJ

Wednesday 12 September 2018
11:30am-4:00pm
Sheffield Winter Garden
90 Surrey St, Sheffield S1 2LH

Notification of a temporary overnight road closure at Charter Row

[May 2018]

Construction on Phase 1 of Heart of the City II is progressing well and the team have started work on the external facade and glazing of the flagship office building.

In order for the team to carry out the next phase of works, a temporary overnight road closure of Charter Row will be required between 20:00 on Thursday 3 May and 06:00 on Friday 4 May 2018.

This will mean cars travelling along Charter Row towards the Phase 1 site will be diverted along Rockingham Street, Division Street, Cambridge Street down to Cross Burgess Street. There will be no vehicular route through Charter Row and Furnival Gate.

If you have any questions regarding this temporary overnight road closure, please don’t hesitate to contact the Heart of the City II team, by emailing info@heartofcity2.com

 

 

 

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Sheffield City Council announces next steps for transformative city centre scheme

[March 2018]

Sheffield City Council has today announced the next phase of work to deliver its transformative city centre regeneration scheme known as Heart of the City II – the new working title for the city centre development scheme formerly known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter.

The Council’s bold new plans include proposals for the latest premium retail and leisure brands, contemporary office and residential space, and attractive world-leading public spaces.

Construction on Phase One of the scheme, which includes the flagship new office to be occupied by HSBC, as well as almost 60,000 sq ft of retail space and high quality public spaces and squares, is well underway and on schedule for completion in 2019. There will be eight new retail units as part of this phase and talks to sign up the first major tenant are at an advanced stage.

Building on the success of Phase One, Sheffield City Council and strategic development partner Queensberry will be presenting the updated masterplan to Cabinet for approval on 21 March 2018, with the key focus being on driving forward development of the scheme.

The Cabinet paper proposes a phase-by-phase approach to complete the remainder of the scheme.

Responding to feedback gathered during the 2015 public consultation process, the updated masterplan will aim to retain more of the city’s heritage, including the retention of the Pinstone Street frontages and the restoration of historic Leah’s Yard.

Rather than create new streets, the scheme will follow existing street patterns – important in enabling the retention of more of the existing heritage and to better integrate the new scheme with existing shopping areas.

Crucially, it will also speed delivery of the next phases by avoiding the disruption and delays associated with changing street layouts. Retention of existing streets will see the John Lewis store remain in its existing location, which it has occupied since 1963 as a key focal point of the city on Barker’s Pool. Again, this will facilitate speed of delivery of the scheme.

The re-worked delivery will provide a dynamic mixed-use district of 1.5million square feet in the heart of the city centre. By integrating with and complementing the existing city centre shopping areas, it will help to knit together The Moor, which has recently seen the opening of the Light Cinema and a number of new restaurants and shops, and Fargate and strengthen the independent shopping in the Devonshire Quarter by increasing footfall.

In addition to attracting premium retailers currently missing in Sheffield city centre, the proposals now also feature significant levels of Grade A office and residential space – seen as key to providing the required footfall and spending power necessary to create and sustain a vibrant, dynamic city centre. Equally, new leisure facilities will feature restaurants, cafés and a food hall, as well as public realm, and two new four or five-star hotels.

Completion of 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 built.

It will also stimulate further development within the city centre and attract additional inward investment into Sheffield.

Planning applications for the next three blocks are due to be submitted in early summer 2018, with public consultation beginning shortly after Cabinet, subject to approvals. The Council and Queensberry are keen to ensure that the next phase of work begins before Phase One opens in 2019.

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Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“I am delighted to see these new plans come forward which will make such a lasting impact on Sheffield’s retail, leisure and entertainment offer. We believe that these re-shaped and exciting plans position Sheffield brilliantly to deliver an individual and unique scheme that reflects the different ways in which people shop, live and socialise.

“We are seeing schemes come forward across the city and more and more people choosing to live, work and study here. Our entertainment offer after 5pm is thriving. These new plans will see a truly innovative city centre emerging that reflects Sheffield’s changing dynamic.

“We are in exciting talks with major retailers but this is only part of the picture – delivering leisure, entertainment and tourism offers that complement them is what Heart of the City II is all about.

“The scheme has evolved to deliver not just a retail quarter but a new city centre mixed-use, vibrant quarter right in the heart of our city.

“Our commitment to the scheme is already demonstrated by the ongoing construction of HSBC’s impressive new office development and accompanying retail and leisure units. These plans will maintain the momentum we have achieved, create thousands of jobs and place Sheffield firmly in the premier league of UK cities.”

Paul Sargent, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Queensberry, said:

“In the post-Brexit market place, it is really encouraging to see proactive local authorities like Sheffield City Council taking their economic success back in to their own hands. They are driving forward regeneration in the short term that will kick start much needed private sector activity in the medium term. We have been working closely with Sheffield City Council for nearly two years now to develop a masterplan that will create a renewed focus for the centre, that combines the best of the old with new buildings and enhanced public realm. This is a key milestone and a significant step forward in this process, which will provide a transformational mixed use development and place the city at the forefront of urban place making.”

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, added:

“We are pleased to see Sheffield City Council pushing forward with the next phases of this scheme. The revised plans really do target the high-end retail offer that the city badly needs whilst further developing the city centre as a destination for visitors. We are particularly excited by the modular design of some of the buildings which gives the flexibility to change layouts and meet changing future demands. This is a development for 10, 20 and 50 years ahead.”

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