HOARDINGS are being lowered to reveal smart new paving as part of efforts to revamp a key part of Sheffield city centre’s shopping area.
Improvements are being made to the surface of The Moor ahead of big changes including construction of the £17.5 million new market building and the redevelopment of the former McDonald’s restaurant block opposite Debenhams.
The upgrade of paving and streetscene is costing £2.6 million.
Ranald Phillips, director at Ashcroft, consultant for The Moor’s landlord, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust, said, “This is evidence the positive changes are starting to happen. It is important the improvements to the environment and public realm reflect the quality of the whole retail scheme.
“SWIPPT is committed to working with Sheffield Council to deliver the first major retail development to happen in Sheffield city centre for many years, and that will provide much-improved and needed facilities.
“We are pleased that all of the project is moving ahead.”
Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance, said the revamp of The Moor would help Sheffield’s economic recovery.
He said: “This is something that will breath new life down there and give people a reason to go.
“It gives a little bit of hope and encouragement to people. We are starting to see things move.”
The new Moor Market will feature a glass canopied entrance and a timber and glass roof covering a single trading floor with three entrances.
The building will incorporate low-energy cooling and maximum recycling of waste. It will be fronted by new shop units.
Work to upgrade the Moor’s streetscene is due to be completed by the end of next year. Scottish Widows has received planning permission for reconstruction of the McDonald’s block as well as for three new kiosks in the centre of The Moor.