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Revealed: Sheffield’s long-awaited new retail quarter

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Sheffield City Council has revealed new plans for its stalled retail quarter scheme

The £480 million scheme has been drawn up by London-based Leonard Design Architects and will replace previous plans for the stalled city centre transformation.

The scheme, which includes 8,400m2 of shops alongside 18,580m2 of homes and offices, is effectively the successor to the original 80,000m² Sevenstones project designed by Foreign Office Architects, AHMM, BDP, Pick Everard, Stiff + Trevillion, ACME, Hawkins\Brown and O’Donnell + Tuomey. 

Unveiled in 2008 the proposed shopping mall was hit by a number of setbacks and, despite attempts to revive the project along with a re-think by ACME, the scheme was eventually canned in October 2013 when project backer Hammerson decided to pull out.

Sheffield City Council subsequently vowed to take a lead on the scheme, setting up an investment fund which has since purchased the £55million of property needed to develop the site.

Sitting between The Moor, Wellington Street, and Barker’s Pool, most of these buildings have been subject to compulsory purchase orders for several years.

Simon Green, Sheffield City Council’s executive director, said: ‘These new plans provide an attractive new shopping district for Sheffield city centre.

‘The design merges with Sheffield’s award winning public spaces and world renowned cultural assets – including City Hall, The Crucible and The Lyceum theatres – and links key retail pitches in the city centre from The Moor through to Fargate. This will complement the new shopping facilities and provide food and drink, office and residential space to extend the city centre’s attraction as an evening entertainment option.

‘These are exciting plans that will help Sheffield meet the changing retail demands of the 21st century – a development that will be crucial to the city’s economic future.’

He added: ‘This is the right time for Sheffield. We sit at the heart of the devolution debate; we have an ambitious plan for growth; and we are delivering a series of enhancements to our city and public spaces through partnerships with universities, commercial real estate, homes and our hospitals.

Martin McKervey, partner at Nabarro and Sheffield City Region LEP board member commented: ‘The new plan intended for Sheffield City Centre is a great step forward. The proposed new scheme for the Retail Quarter presents a real opportunity to define and deliver a quality retail offering and is just what the city and wider region needs.’

The scheme is set to be 80 per cent complete by 2019 with the final phase finishing two years later.

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