These are the first images of the latest multi-million pound scheme helping to transform Sheffield city centre.
Developer Urbo wants to regenerate the area to the north of the law courts in West Bar, and has unveiled a £175m plan.
The scheme, known as West Bar Square, is a mix of office space, high quality apartment blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, shops and public space.
Urbo has submitted an outline planning application to Sheffield Council. These pictures show what the area could look like if permission is granted.
The firm’ss managing director Peter Swallow said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers.
“There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment.”
West Bar Square is the latest in a series of high-profile developments in the area. The neighbouring Riverside Business District, between Bridge Street and the River Don, and is already home to major employers such as the Home Office and Irwin Mitchell. More development is planned on the east side of the river.
Sheffield Council is also playing its part in the regeneration of the area with its Grey to Green planting and drainage scheme, which will soon be complemented by the Love Square pocket park.
And the proposed redevelopment of the Castlegate area along with ongoing construction on Kelham Island should further enhance the area.
More than half ot the 1.4m sq ft West Bar Square project will be office space, providing jobs for up to 5,000 workers. The scheme comprises 10 buildings, each with self-contained parking.
The proposed office units will focus around the new West Bar Square, a major landscaped space comparable to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place in scale, linking the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside.
Connectivity with the Cathedral Quarter, Kelham Island and the Riverside areas of the city centre is key, according to Urbo. The firm has redesigned the previously consented Castlemore scheme to create a more ‘vibrant and deliverable’ project. The three large towers previously included have been reduced in scale with greater emphasis placed on a high quality series of buildings and spaces for people to occupy and enjoy.
The new site masterplan has been designed by Urbo’s award winning team, 5plus architects and Urbed. Manchester-based HOW Planning provided planning and environmental advice, co-ordinating and preparing the environmental statement. It has been developed in conjunction with the city council.
Site assembly and clearance is already underway with a view to enabling the earliest possible start on site subject to planning approval.
Jon Suckley, partner at HOW Planning, said: “Sheffield has been through a period of significant transformation over the past 10 to 15 years and West Bar Square will further enhance the city, providing an iconic, mixed use development.
“Given the character of the surrounding areas there is significant merit in transforming the site into a significant destination, creating a thriving new district which will act as a gateway to the city centre.”
Visit www.westbarsquare.com for more on the plans.
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