First flats in Sheffield's 'Chinatown' to open in September

The tower goes up.
The tower goes up.
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The first residents of Sheffield’s £65 million Chinatown development will be able to move in this autumn, developers have confirmed.

Construction of New Era Square, which will include a 20-storey residential tower alongside commercial and leisure space, is going well, and the first show apartments are now ready to view.

New Era Development, the company behind the project between London Road and Bramall Lane, this week revealed that 100 studio apartments for students would be finished by August and available to residents in September.

Managing director Jerry Cheung said: “New Era Square has been more than 10 years in the making so we are delighted to see the first group of student apartments nearing completion.”

The student apartments will be available to rent from £145 per week, and will include a double bed, en-suite shower room, kitchen area with a two-ring hob, microwave oven, fridge-freezer and small appliances, dining table and crockery and cutlery.

Living areas will be furnished and floor to ceiling windows will give plenty of natural light and views across the city.

Inside one of the new flats.

Inside one of the new flats.

Residents will also get high speed broadband, and access to a launderette, recycling and a reception.

Once completed, New Era Square will include 600 flats - predominately studio rooms, plus micro-flats.

Mr Cheung said his company was ‘extremely proud’ of what would be on offer, adding that the site would provide residents with ‘everything they need while studying in Sheffield’.

“As well as the high specification facilities within the apartments, they will also benefit from the on-site facilities in the ground floor retail and dining outlets,” he said.

Impression of the New Era development

Impression of the New Era development

The firm’s aim for the overall development is to create a ‘cosmopolitan, international, multi-cultural square that is available to all’.

Alongside the flats, this will include retail, food and drink on the ground floor, facing an open square which can be used for events. KH Oriental’s new supermarket will span two levels and will already be in place when the first students arrive.

There will also be office space, an exhibition hall and a China Business Incubator to enhance enterprise and trade between China and the UK.

Mr Cheung said: "This is a landmark development for Sheffield, the region and the UK and represents substantial investment for the city.

"We want to bring a distinct international feel to Sheffield and the ethos behind the development is very much to create a mixed-use space for the whole community, which will bring people together."