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Sheffield consults on city centre retail makeover

by on May 21, 2015

Sheffield City Council this week began consultation on ambitious plans designed to transform the city centre into a top shopping destination.

Proposals for what is known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter include new offices, homes and restaurants as well as new shops for the first time, detailed proposals have been released to give a flavour of what could be possible around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead.

The proposed scheme, designed by Leonard Design Architects, comprises approximately 84,000 square metres of mixed-use development. As well as new retail and leisure floor space just under a quarter of the scheme will involve offices and around 120 flats.

The proposed design reflects the rest of the city with attractive public squares, historic buildings and outdoor streetscapes. There could also be new car parks, bus and cycle routes and a new cycle hub.
The council has stressed that the proposals will incorporate the best of contemporary design while preserving the historic character of the area. The planning authority is working closely with English Heritage and will preserve Leah’s Yard and The Citadel (Salvation Army building), as well as facades along Pinstone Street and of the old Sunday school.

The city council has been assessing the best way forward for the city centre since ending a partnership with developer Hammerson in 2013.

Simon Green, Sheffield’s Executive Director for Place, said: “Everyone recognises that Sheffield’s city centre needs a massive boost, which is why we are proposing this ambitious scheme.

“The retail quarter can play an important role in securing Sheffield’s economic future, and will complement regeneration schemes such as Castlegate, The Moor, West Bar and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.”

View further details on the Sheffield Retail Quarter website

Roger Milne

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