Sheffield City Council has announced the next phase of work on its city centre regeneration scheme, Heart of the City II, formerly known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter, in England, UK.
The UK council’s new plans include proposals for the latest premium retail and leisure brands, contemporary office and residential space, and public spaces.
Construction on Phase 1 of the scheme, which includes the new office to be occupied by HSBC, as well as almost 60,000ft2 of retail space and public spaces and squares, is on schedule for completion in 2019.
Under Phase 1, there will be eight new retail units.
Sheffield City Council and development partner Queensberry will present the updated masterplan to the cabinet for approval on 21 March 2018.
The cabinet paper proposes a phased approach to complete the remainder of the scheme.
Based on feedback received during the 2015 public consultation process, the updated masterplan intends to retain more of the city’s heritage, including the Pinstone Street frontages and the restoration of historic Leah’s Yard.
Instead of creating new streets, the scheme will follow existing street patterns to retain the existing heritage and integrate the new scheme with existing shopping areas.
The scheme will provide a mixed-use district of 1.5 million ft2 in the heart of the city centre.
The proposals also include significant levels of Grade A office and residential space and new leisure facilities such as restaurants, cafes and a food hall, as well as public realm, and two new four or five-star hotels.
The Heart of the City II project is expected to create 500 construction jobs and it is likely to support nearly 7,000 jobs after completion and also attract additional investment into Sheffield.
Planning applications for the next three blocks are due to be submitted in summer 2018. The council and Queensberry are keen on beginning the next phase of work before Phase 1 opens in 2019.