This is the latest vision of how Sheffield’s new and long-awaited retail quarter could look as public consultation on the scheme launches today.
More detail and these potential designs for the proposals – which replace the failed Sevenstone scheme between Pinstone Street, Moorhead and Barker’s Pool – have been released and residents are urged to have their say to help ‘shape’ the project before outline plans go in.
It shows the £480m scheme would act as an ‘extension’ to Fargate with a pedestrianised stretch and link to The Moor through a revamped Charter Square,
There would be around 50 new shops, 120 flats and up to 2,300 car parking spaces close to Devonshire Street.
Sheffield Council says the quarter could create up to 2,500 jobs – with around 1,000 in shops.
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Project leaders hope the centre would draw in further investment, push the city ahead in retail rankings and complement other regeneration projects.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, said: “This is the chance for people to play a major part of what the city will look like in the next 20, 30, 40 and 50 years.
“People from Sheffield care about their city and we want people to play a part in shaping it because it is a great city that doesn’t have a great retail centre, that’s what this is all about.”
The images released today might not ‘necessarily be the final scheme’ but it gives ‘people an impression’, said Coun Bramall.
This is the chance for people to play a major part of what the city will look like in the next 20, 30, 40 and 50 years.Coun Leigh Bramall
A new cycle hub, ‘click and collect’ online ordering facilities, a food court style destination in historic Leah’s Yard and public squares could be included.
Historic facades, The Citadel Salvation Army building and other features with character will be preserved.
Work will also be done with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive on potential new bus and cycle routes.
Coun Bramalladded: “It’s got a long history but I do think that since we parted ways with Hammerson we’ve been committed to taking control of the scheme and driving it forward.
“If we can get this scheme right and bring it to market it really will be the beginning of putting us on the next level in terms of being able to compete with other cities.
“Of course we all want this to happen, I think we have got the best chance we’ve ever had of developing this scheme – it stands up, it’s a good scheme.
“I understand how people are desperate for this scheme and they get frustrated because they want it to happen – we do too.
“There’s nothing that we will do that will hamper this scheme.”
Project leaders say there has been interest from developers and retailers and a partner is likely to be announced at the end of the year.
A plan to buy back land from Hammerson is ‘almost complete’.
It is hoped 80 per cent of the scheme will be finished by Christmas 2019 with the remainder to be complete by Easter 2021.
Nalin Seneviratne, director of capital and major projects, said: “2019 is when the bulk of the scheme is going to be completed, the final parts by Easter 2010, it might even be by 2020.”
He said the timing was ‘perfect’ because it was post recession and the retail industry had changed.
Consultation ends on June 10. A public exhibition will be held outside Sheffield Town Hall from June 3-6.
- To take part in the consultation visit www.sheffieldretailquarter.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call freephone 0800 731 5515. There are also Sheffield Retail Quarter accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Consultation runs until June 19
- Outline planning application expected this summer
- Development partner expected to be announced by end of 2015
- Demolition work could start in 2016
- Building works at end of 2016 and through 2017
- Christmas 2019 – when the bulk of the quarter could open
- Easter 2021 – final completion of the quarter