An international consultancy has been appointed to deliver the dream of a £480m shopping district in Sheffield city centre.
Professional services company Turner and Townsend will provide programme, project, cost and procurement management support for the Sheffield Retail Quarter.
The company - which has 87 offices in 36 countries - aims to help propel Sheffield into the ranks of Britain’s top ten retail destinations, when Meadowhall is factored in.
Jon White, UK managing director at Turner and Townsend, said: “The new retail quarter is another important step in Sheffield’s vision of becoming an economic hub in northern England.
“We look forward to helping the city achieve its aspirations successfully.”
The firm was appointed by Sheffield City Council. The council’s director of capital and major projects Nalin Seneviratne said: “These new plans provide a navigable, varied and attractive new shopping district for Sheffield city centre.
“The design merges with Sheffield’s award winning public realm and world renowned cultural assets – including The Crucible and The Lyceum theatres – and unites key retail pitches in the city centre from The Moor through to Fargate.
“This will consolidate an enhanced retail offer and also provide for food and beverage, office and residential to extend the attraction as an evening entertainment destination.”
The Sheffield Retail Quarter is set to bring Sheffield city centre, without Meadowhall, from 43rd to 32nd place in a UK retail audit - boosting it from its current position alongside the likes of Northampton and Stoke on Trent.
Contemporary fashion stores will be situated along Cross Burgess Street and Pinstone Street.
Prime fashion outlets will also set the tone and style of the whole city centre, alongside an anchor department store thought to be John Lewis.
The scheme has been designed by Leonard Design Architects, who have advised on some of Europe’s most successful retail developments.
It is all set to be linked together by top quality landscaping of a similar quality to the Peace Gardens and Tudor Square.
The new 900,000 sq ft scheme will be retail led, but it will also include more than 200,000 sq ft dedicated to residential and office space.
The development is set to create some 2,500 jobs and it is hoped to be 80 per cent complete by 2019.
The project aims to bring in about £291m a year in additional retail spend to the city.
The council is in talks with potential strategic development partners and hopes to announce a partner this autumn.