Amazing time-lapse video shows £1.25 million bridge to 284 home Sheffield development being built

Building work is set to begin on 284 new homes at the site of a former Sheffield paper mill.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:26 pm

This amazing time-lapse footage shows a huge new £1.25 millon bridge, connecting the Oughtibridge Mill development with Langsett Road North, going up over the River Don.

Final approval for the new homes was granted in December last year, and Barratt David Wilson Homes and Sky House Company are set to begin construction shortly.

The developer CEG has already spent £4.2m preparing the site since outline planning permission was granted in January 2019.

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The new bridge at the Oughtibridge Mills site in Sheffield, where 284 new homes are set to be built

As well as building the new bridge, it has demolished existing buildings, decontaminated the site and levelled the land ready for homes to be built.

David Hodgson, CEG’s regional head of strategic development, said it had been a challenging project.

“When we acquired the site, there were half a million square feet of old industrial units there which had to be demolished, and an area of landfill which we’ve cleared and decontaminated.

“The site had been in industrial use for over 100 years and some of the buildings we had to remove were sizeable, with huge foundations.

The Oughtibridge Mill site in Sheffield before demolition began

“I lived opposite the site for 10 years and I always looked at it and thought what a brilliant setting it would be for a housing development, so I’m glad work is about to begin to build those homes.”

Mr Hodgson added that CEG had chosen to retain a couple of buildings which formed part of the original works because, although they are not listed, he felt their heritage would ‘add something a bit different’ to the new housing estate.

CEG bought the site in 2015 and it was sold this month to Barratt David Wilson Homes.

Responding to concerns about the impact of new homes on congestion in the area, Mr Hodgson said a filter lane had already been created to prevent vehicles accessing the site from holding up other traffic.

He also told how the bus stop had been improved, a new pedestrian route to that stop had been created and CEG remained in talks with Sheffield Council about creating a new cycle and footpath through the woods to the village of Oughtibridge.