Refurbishment improves key gateway into Sheffield city centre

Councillors and local traders celebrate the finishing touches at Ellesmere Green as part of the Spital Hiill refurbishment works (left to right) Cllr Talib Hussain, Raf Khan, Cllr Jackie Drayton, Mandy Holland  and Cllr Harry Harpham.
Councillors and local traders celebrate the finishing touches at Ellesmere Green as part of the Spital Hiill refurbishment works (left to right) Cllr Talib Hussain, Raf Khan, Cllr Jackie Drayton, Mandy Holland and Cllr Harry Harpham.
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Work to give a spring clean to a key gateway into Sheffield city centre is nearing completion after months of work.

A project to spruce up the busy Spital Hill shopping centre at Burngreave has led to the installation of new paving, lighting and street furniture.

The finished street will also have eye-catching artworks at Caborn’s Corner and outside Vestry Hall.

Ellesmere Green has been remodelled to help make it the focal point of the area.

There is a new event space, seating walls and flower borders as well as improved paths and lighting.

Public art designed by children from three local primaries has also been installed to brighten up the area.

A new community hub is to be based at the controversial Sorby House block, bringing together council, community and other services.

It will be the home of the new FirstPoint@Burngreave, open Mondays to Fridays, and the relocated Burngreave Library which will also open there six days a week.

Work will continue with a shop front improvement scheme that is currently being planned, with the hope of it getting under way in the autumn.

It will offer facelifts to the frontages of every independent business in the Spital Hill centre.

The scheme got under way last October and was funded through a planning agreement with Tesco after the development of the supermarket giant’s new store on Savile Street.

Yvonne Hayes of the shop Rainbow’s End said: “This refurbishment will certainly make Spital Hill a much more pleasant place.”