More details on the £480million Sheffield Retail Quarter have been released by those in charge of the scheme - including the way its 50 new shops will be split over two levels in the city centre.
Business leaders from across Sheffield were assembled at the City Hall to learn about the scheme - formerly known as the New Retail Quarter, or NRQ, in more detail.
The scheme is set to link The Moor, Fargate and Division Street with 50 new shops, 12 new restaurants and a mix of leisure and office space, creating more than 2,000 new jobs and pulling over £300million of investment into the city.
Those behind the scheme have now laid out in more detail how it will work, as seen in the above video.
David Leonard, of architects Leonard Design, said: “The site is very big, it’s massively significant to the city centre and unlocking its potential is the key missing piece of the jigsaw that will really elevate Sheffield into another league in terms of retail spend and a great place to live.
“There are a number of listed buildings and facades which we are now trying to keep whereas in the past they were falling by the wayside.
“We are able in the end to create a varied shopping experience. There will be upmarket areas, there will be areas for restaurants, there will be areas for specialist shops and for entrepreneurs and small businesses too.
“We are calling one area the Upper Ground Floor because this follows a contour.
“The Lower Ground Floor level is all at a lower level than Fargate itself. This is how we’ve been able to use the level changes that already exist in Sheffield in quite a creative way to create all of these shops and the shops in the Lower Ground as well. We’re creating something in the order of 50-odd shops units and a dozen restaurants.
“At roof level above all the shops, another key aspiration is that this is seen as a mixed use development. There will be offices and residential.”
John Morgan, also from Leonard Design, added: “The Upper Ground Level is the existing level on Fargate. Then Pinstone Street slopes down one whole floor level, so as you come from the Peace Gardens on Cross Burgess Street, we are able to come in at the Lower Ground Level. So Fargate feeds the First floor and the department store, and Charter Square is at the level of the Peace Gardens. So we are able to use both those natural feeds as two streets.”
The event marked the start of the public consultation for the scheme, which will run until June 19.
The event was also the second time in a matter of days that details of the scheme have been shared in public - to see details of the first event, CLICK HERE