This is how Sheffield city centre will look when a final piece in its transformation goes ahead.
Plans have been submitted for a £20 million 10-storey office block with bars, restaurants and car parking – completing the Heart of the City project.
A Sheffield Council source said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw of the Heart of City development which saw the old council ‘eggbox’ building demolished and unique attractions such as the Winter Garden built.
“Its progress is tremendous news.”
Developers are is seeking planning permission for the building, which would be the final office block at St Paul’s Place.
The scheme is the last remaining phase of the £130m Heart of City project which has already witnessed the Winter Garden, St Paul’s Hotel, a 32-storey apartment block and the ‘cheesegrater’ car park sprout on Sheffield’s skyline.
Developments completed so far have been worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
The land where the final 10-storey block is to be built was formerly a car park, at the junction of Norfolk Street and Charles Street.
It lies between Sheffield Council’s Howden House building and the other St Paul’s Place office block, home to Government departments and a law firm.
Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield said: “I’m delighted to see a top quality development on this landmark site. It demonstrates the confidence in the city centre and a demand for good retail and office space.”
Artists’ impressions show the building would be built in a similar style to others at St Paul’s Place, with stone, glass and bronze sections.
No objections have been received so far to the scheme, proposed by Manchester developer CTP.
Sheffield Council normally has a 90-day determination period for planning applications, so a decision on whether to grant planning permission is likely to be made this autumn.
The Star understands CTP is keen to get started early next year.
The planning application includes an underground car park for 13 cars and 28 bicycles.
The proposed building would include environmentally-friendly measures, and new paving would be provided on the street outside.
“It is a good positive boost for the city centre, particularly after Sevenstone now suffering a further delay while the council searches for a new developer,” the council source said.
The development would be occupied by ‘prestige’ companies – although none have yet committed to locating there.
To view the application, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk and search for application 13/02539/FUL.
Factfile - Heart of the City redevelopment
1994 Redevelopment project first conceived to regenerate the area of city centre around the 1970s ‘eggbox’ Town Hall extension.
1998-9 Main revamp of Peace Gardens completed
2000-2001 ‘Eggbox’ demolition
2001 Sheffield Council’s new Howden House offices completed, Millennium Galleries open
2002 The Queen opens the Winter Garden
2005 St Paul’s Hotel opened along with Millennium Square
2006 Work begins to clear rest of St Paul’s site for apartments tower and car park - with demolition of the Yorkshire Grey pub.
2008 ‘Cheesegrater’ car park completed
2009 St Paul’s Place offices completed
2010 32-storey apartments tower completed
2013 planning application granted for final 10-storey St Paul’s Place office block?