AJ100 practice TateHindle has been given the go-ahead for 335 new build-to-rent homes on a site to the south-west of Sheffield city centre
Ranging in height from five to 14 storeys, the 22,244m² mixed-use development in Sylvester Street also includes co-working facilities, commercial space, communal dining facilities, residents’ lounge, gym, and a bike club space.
The plot in the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter conservation area, presently used as a car park, was once occupied by steel workshops and yards. Backed by specialist PRS developer PLATFORM_, the new development will be mainly built from red brick to reflect the site’s industrial heritage.
Jean-Marc Vandevivere, chief executive at PLATFORM_ said: ’This is a huge opportunity to raise the bar for city-centre living in Sheffield. We’re delivering purpose-built rental housing that gives residents a quality home with professional service and additional on-site amenities – all of which are currently lacking in the traditional private rented sector – as well as contributing to the revitalisation of the city centre.’
Work is expected to start on site early next year.
The 5,950m² site has been vacant for the past 10 years and is currently used as a temporary car park. Evidence of the neighbourhood’s history and mixed fortunes is visible through the presence of red-brick steel works and warehouses. While many have been restored and converted for commercial or residential use, others remain derelict.
The site is also next to the Porter Brook corridor and one of the key aims has been to restore the importance of the brook, making it one of the focal points of the scheme. The development opens direct access to the brook with two publicly accessible pedestrian routes through the site linking Mary Street and Sylvester Street. The new links and route create a series of spaces including an urban garden along the Porter Brook corridor for both residents and the public to enjoy. The new pedestrian route forms part of the emerging riverside walk, connecting the brook to the east and west, contributing to the wider regeneration of the area.
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Knitting into the existing fabric with a robust material palette featuring brick, the development comprises two buildings; an L-shaped block and a standalone block front Sylvester Street and Mary Street and frame a courtyard housing the bike club. Accommodation ranges from studios to three-bedroom apartments and is spread across the two blocks and includes a reception with concierge. Apartments are arranged in clusters around cores to help foster a sense of community within the development.
Generous amenity provision including landscaped gardens at ground level, public realm along the Porter Brook and roof terraces providing communal space for residents’ benefit. To compement the residential offer, a co-working space and commercial unit face the street at ground floor level.
Responding to the immediate context and future regeneration plans, the building height ranges from five to 14-storeys. The lowest point of the scheme fronts Sylvester Street and is in keeping with the Mary Street Character Area, stepping up to 14 storeys south-west of the site to reflect the 22-storey height of Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson’s New Era Square.
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Address Sylvester Street, Sheffield
Size 5,950m² site area; 22,244m² GIA, including 567m² co-working, 246m² amenity space, 126m² commercial space, 601m² roof garden
Project value Undisclosed
Structural and services engineer ARUP
Quantity surveyor Thomas & Adamson
Project manager Axiom, Callidas
Acoustic and lighting consultant ARUP
Transport consultant Matrix Transport and Infrastructure
Environmental consultant Waterman Environmental
Landscape consultant Ares Landscape Architects
Heritage consultant CgMs Consulting
Approved building inspector Salus
Start on site Early 2019