Art gallery and events space set for big boost in Sheffield

Sioned Mair-Richards
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Two proposals to boost Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter are to be considered by the council’s cabinet next week.

On November 11, cabinet members will hear about a proposal to lease an area of underused, open land at Charles Street – next to the Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union building – to the university as an events space for 25 years.

This would give a greater opportunity for outdoor events to be held in that area – such as during DocFest, Tramlines and other similar events.

The university would invest around £400,000 in the space and would also take over the future maintenance of the space with revenue savings – estimated at £1,000 a year – going to the council.

The second proposal aims to support the Site Gallery in its plans for a £1.7m expansion of its premises on Brown Street by offering a peppercorn rent on the lease for 22 years, as the council’s contribution to an Arts Council bid.

This is dependent on the £1m bid being successful, but this should be known ahead of the cabinet meeting.

Coun Sioned-Mair Richards, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The proposed expansion of the Site Gallery and improvements to the open space, along with other investments in the area, will be a major boost to the attraction of the city centre and the CIQ in particular.

“This has knock-on economic benefits in terms of making the city an exciting place to locate, and then attract talented staff, for businesses in the creative and digital industries - which is a key growth area.

“It also adds to the great quality of our open spaces in the city centre making it an even better place to live.”

The meeting is at 2pm in the town hall.