New Sheffield office block set for council go-ahead

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Plans for a nine-storey office block in Sheffield city centre – the last piece of the Heart of the City development jigsaw – are set to get the green light next week.

The building will be at the corner of Norfolk Street and Charles Street, part of the St Paul’s complex near the Peace Gardens.

It will have 78,000 square feet of office space, with a basement car park, and bars and restaurants at ground level. It will also be higher than the neighbouring blocks.

Work has already begun on the car park but construction hopes were put on hold due to the recession.

The Heart of the City project began in the late 1990s and saw the redevelopment of the Peace Gardens, and the construction of the Winter Garden, the Millennium Galleries, St Paul’s Hotel and two other office blocks which are now home to law firm DLA and the Government’s Department for Education.

It is hoped to build the new block with help from a European grant, and then attract another top name to the new premises.