Plans Submitted For Sheffield City Centre Development Scheme

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Plans Submitted For Sheffield City Centre Development Scheme

Plans Submitted For Sheffield City Centre Development Scheme

A £300m city centre development in Sheffield has moved forward, after planning applications were submitted for the first phase, according to a report in the Yorkshire Post.  The West Bar development will include a new 100,000 sq ft office building, and 368 Build to Rent residential apartments.

The office complex, known as No.1 West Bar Square, has been designed by the architects 5plus, and will consist of eight storeys of office space, with retail and leisure units available to rent on the ground floor. The building will mark the first stage in a wider regeneration of the West Bar area, which is being funded by Legal & General.

Further plans include a 450-space multi-storey carpark, and a second 100,000 sq ft office building. The scheme is a joint venture between Urbo Regeneration and Peveril Securities, and is expected to create around 6,000 new jobs. Peter Swallow, the managing director at Urbo, commented:

“No.1 West Bar Square will offer large footprint, modern office accommodation, currently lacking in Sheffield city centre, with capacity at West Bar to accommodate more than 6,000 new jobs. The West Bar neighbourhood already boasts key office occupiers including the Home Office, top 50 law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Crown and Family Courts.”

The final project aims the create up to 1 million sq ft of new mixed-use space at West Bar. If the reserved matters planning permission is granted as expected, work will begin on the first phase of construction later in 2021. Ralph Jones, managing director of Peveril Securities, said:

“Delivering West Bar, along with the commitment by Legal & General to invest £150m for the first phase, is testament to the strength of Sheffield as a considerable powerhouse in the North and an attractive place to live and work.”

The area is close to the inner ring road development which was completed in 2007, providing easy access to the wider gateway of the Yorkshire regions and beyond. It will also be ideally located near to other key city centre areas, such as the busy Kelham Island, the upcoming Castlegate, and the established Cathedral Quarter to the north.

New pedestrian routes will connect the development to the rest of the city, and the Riverside Business Quarter. By road, it will be a 5-minute drive to junction 33 of the M1 motorway, and by rail, it will be a ten-minute walk from Sheffield Railway Station. Rail travel between Sheffield and London is just over two hours.

Over an acre of the area will be designed by landscape architects Planit IE, maintaining Sheffield’s reputation for strong green infrastructure, and the already successful ‘Grey to Green’ scheme. This £3.6m project has already led to the planting of wildflowers, bulbs, grasses and trees, making the city a more attractive space for its workers and residents.

The project will feature Love Square, which has been designed through a collaboration with Sheffield City Council, the University of Sheffield, Urbo, and a range of local community groups. This attractive green space is described as a ‘pop-up nature park’, and will grow colourful and interesting flora throughout the year.

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