All eyes on Australia in bid to transform empty shops

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Council bosses are looking Down Under in a bid to tackle empty shops and regenerate Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Council and Sheffield University are working on a ‘Renew’ scheme – modelled on a project in Newcastle, Australia – to ‘encourage new life in empty or underused buildings’.

The idea, which will focus initially on the Castlegate area around the former Castle Market site, originates from a visit to Sheffield by Marcus Westbury, the leader of a scheme in Australia which successfully revitalised the ailing steel city of Newcastle.


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