Retail quarter work forces Sheffield firms to close

Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.
Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.
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Several city centre businesses have closed down to make way for Sheffield's new retail quarter.

Firms based around the Grosvenor House Hotel block, in Wellington Street, Furnival Street and Cambridge Street, have shut their doors as council contractors move in ahead of demolition work.

Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.

Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.

Among those to close are Henry's Bar and The Brew House.

Sheffield Council said those businesses that had closed were on short-term leases and had always known they would have to move out once demolition began.

The one-way Cross-Burgess Street has also been reversed to allow part of Wellington Street and the bottom section of Cambridge Street to be closed for safety reasons. The council is working with businesses such as John Lewis and the Tap 'N' Tankard to minimise disruption.

Cabinet member for business and economy and deputy leader Leigh Bramall said: “As delivery of the first phase of Sheffield Retail Quarter begins businesses and shoppers will start to see some changes in the area including road closures and diversions.

Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.

Several businesses have closed so demolition work for Sheffield Retail Quarter can take place.

"This important work is to enable the demolition of the Grosvenor House Hotel, which has already begun.

“The council’s focus is on delivering this landmark development whilst minimising disruption for shoppers, residents and businesses. We’ve been working closely with them to make sure everybody is kept fully informed.

"We have produced signage and briefing notes and will keep people up to date on our website and Twitter feed."

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The outline of the Sheffield Retail Quarter development.

The outline of the Sheffield Retail Quarter development.

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The Grosvenor House Hotel and surrounding shops will make way for the first phase of the retail quarter. It will include a 190,000 sq ft office block with retail and restaurant/cafe units on the ground floor.

The Charter Square roundabout will be redesigned in a separate project, with the road link from Charter Row to Wellington Street removed and replaced with a new pedestrianised area, also with cafe units.

Coun Bramall added: “Subject to planning consent, construction of the first phase of the retail quarter is due to start in early 2017 with the HSBC building and first element of the retail quarter scheduled for completion in early 2019.”

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