£75m Sheffield flats set to start construction this year

A £75m plan for flats in Sheffield is on track, with construction set to start in the first half of this year, developers say.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 4:19 pm

The Platform_ scheme on Sylvester Street, next to Decathlon, was announced by The Star in May 2017.

Owner Westrock, a real estate investor and developer, says workers have been on site doing decontamination works and shoring up the River Porter that runs along the site.

A spokesman said: “There's been no delay, just a lot of complex remediation works on a brownfield site. Construction is due to start in the first half of this year.”

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The Sylvester Street site, with the Porter Brook at right.
The Sylvester Street site, with the Porter Brook at right.

The Platform_ flats will be ‘build-to-rent’ - upmarket accommodation for long-term renters that is common in the US.

Since it was announced, a large build-to-rent scheme has been opened on Summerfield Street by Grainger, which has announced plans for a second on Well Meadow Drive, Netherthorpe.

The Sylvester Street scheme will include a revamp of a stretch of the Porter Brook after it emerges from underneath Decathlon car park, which has been restored after a large hole opened up.

Platform_ has promised to plant vegetation along the edge of the stream and place rocks in the middle to slow down the flow and reintroduce habitats for wildlife. A new pedestrian route will run parallel to the river, with a bridge allowing people to access the new buildings.

An artist's impression of the Porter Brook at the Platform_ scheme on Mary Street, Sheffield.

The site is in the Cultural Industries Quarter, defined by historic street patterns from the 18th century, evidence of early water-powered mills and traces of Sheffield’s old Little Mesters’ metal trades workshops.

Announced in May 2017, work is set to start in the first half of this year.
The Porter Brook emerges from under the Decathlon car park.
A path and bridge over the river will be opened to the public.
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