New stylish rooftop bar and £2m office complex planned for Sheffield city centre
A vacant building in the heart of Sheffield city centre will be transformed into a stylish rooftop bar and offices.
Sheffield Council has given £2 million towards the start up of the new development at 38 Carver Street, in return for a 20 year lease with Property management specialists Staton Young.
It will be a key part of the new Heart of the City 2.
A planning application will be submitted to revive the five-storey, glass-fronted building and expand the existing workspace from 26,000 to 32,000 sq ft.
Cubo, a new style of serviced offices, will feature co-working space, private offices, meeting rooms, printing stations, designated desks or memberships for hot-desking.
Table tennis, football tables and games consoles will be available in the communal areas. There will also be space for yoga and wellness classes, plus free beverages - including beer and prosecco.
Alto, a rooftop bar, is planned for the top floor of the building with views across the city’s skyline. The development is due to be completed in 2020.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield Council, said: “We are delighted to announce yet another new business coming into the city. 38 Carver Street is a property with great potential and this exciting plan and will bring something special and unique, boosting both our business and social offer.
“We purposely targeted a modern office operator like Cubo. We hope its emphasis on co-working will provide more opportunities for smaller and start-up companies within the creative and digital industries.
“It’s another sign that we are delivering the compelling mix of office space, residential and nightlife that will put the city head and shoulders above others in the country.
“In this case, 38 Carver Street will see several uses under one roof bringing a new personality and vibrancy to one of our most interesting buildings.”
The existing office block was built in the 1980s but has been vacant for a number of years and council officers say it has suffered serious damage including theft of cables and pipework.
A council report says: “If the property is not refurbished and brought back into use now the delays to occupation of units will result in loss of revenue and there could be further deterioration in the condition of the building.
“Sheffield Council will make a contribution of £2m toward the costs of the specified works. The initial vision for this property was for the council to complete the renovations and subsequently let the building.
“This approach significantly de-risks the project from the council’s perspective as the whole of the building is pre-let.”