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.

Angelo Gordon _

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.


Front.Block B

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.


Pepperpot Block

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
The Art House
8 Backfields, Sheffield S1 4HJ

Wednesday 12 September 2018
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




Map 2

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.

Pinstone Street

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.”