Grand designs for Sheffield city centre

Launch of Sheffield City Centre Masterplan - pictured are Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore, Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, and Simon Ogden, the council's head of city regeneration
Launch of Sheffield City Centre Masterplan - pictured are Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore, Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, and Simon Ogden, the council's head of city regeneration
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‘Ambitious’ proposals for Sheffield city centre’s development over the next five years are to be made public at an exhibition.

Plans include details of how the ruins of Sheffield’s old castle will be exposed after demolition of the market, and how a new Steel Route pedestrian link will run from The Moor to Victoria Quays, incorporating Pinstone Street and Fargate.

Launch of Sheffield City Centre Masterplan - pictured are Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore, Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, and Simon Ogden, the council's head of city regeneration

Launch of Sheffield City Centre Masterplan - pictured are Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore, Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, and Simon Ogden, the council's head of city regeneration

The Steel Route will provide a ‘high quality pedestrian link’ through the rundown Castlegate area, to attract investment.

Simon Ogden, Sheffield Council’s city development manager, said: “This is a vision for shaping the city centre over the coming years.

“Our proposals include the future of the Castlegate and markets area, enhancement of shopping and the improvement of three business districts – Central, Riverside and Sheaf Valley.

“There will be proposals to improve and change public transport routes to fit in with how the city centre is due to change.”

Plans for more city centre-based education facilities are centred around the former post office building in Fitzalan Square.

Sheffield Council’s 2013 to 2018 City Centre Masterplan involves projects which could be planned over the next five years and developed during the next decade.

The public exhibition is due to take place at the Winter Garden on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, said: “Even though we continue to face extremely tough times, Sheffield is still ambitious about the development of the city.

“We want to make it a great place to live, work, play and do business.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The economy is still in the doldrums but we are determined to do everything we can to bring developments forward and help create jobs.”

As well as the Winter Garden exhibition, there will be a paper questionnaire and online consultation, Sheffield Council said.