Back-to-back housing makes a comeback in Sheffield

Artists' impression of the Smithfields homes
Artists' impression of the Smithfields homes
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Proposals to revive back-to-back housing with a new development of 22 homes close to Sheffield city centre have been approved by the council.

The scheme is on land occupied by disused industrial units between Copper Street and Trinity Street at Smithfields, which runs alongside Shalesmoor.

The gated development will feature 22 two-bedroom houses with en-suite bathrooms, private roof gardens, communal spaces and eco-friendly technology.

There is also room for four apartments at the site, owned by City Estates. The scheme has been designed by Coda Studios.

Conversion of the nearby derelict St Jude’s Church – also in Copper Street – into six apartments has also been given the green light, and work has started on Krynkl – a building made entirely of recycled shipping containers including a bar and restaurant, 16 offices, a rooftop garden and a health club.

Sheffield’s original Victorian back-to-back houses mostly disappeared with the slum clearances of the 1950s and ’60s.