Square new look for former Sheffield nightclub in Heart of the City II

The striking red frame of the former Embrace nightclub in Sheffield will be swept away and replaced by a ‘playful reinterpretation’ of its former incarnation, the Regent Theatre.

Saturday, 19th September 2020, 7:00 am

New images of the Gaumont building on Barker’s Pool have been released showing a new frontage based on squares, some of them ‘living’.

It would also have a double height entrance creating a ‘generous public entrance’.

The site was home to the Regent Theatre which opened in 1927. It became the Gaumont Theatre in 1946. Following demolition in 1985, it became a cinema then a nightclub.

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Concept image of the former Embrace nightclub.

A new use for the building has yet to be confirmed although shops are expected on the ground floor.

The development is part of a the £480m Heart of the City II redevelopment being bankrolled by Sheffield City Council.

The revamp is a change from plans to demolish it, announced in 2018, saving millions.

This part of the scheme includes converting the Victorian Palatine Chambers buildings on Pinstone Street into an upmarket 156-bedroom Radisson Blu hotel.

The striking red frame will be swept away.

The £29m cost to build it all was revealed when the authority advertised for a contractor in May.

Now, a planning application has been submitted.

The new façade was designed by Sheffield-based HLM Architects.

Delia Harmston, HLM studio lead, said: “The final concept for the façade is a playful reinterpretation of features of the Regent Cinema.”

From Pinstone Street.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, added:

“The Gaumont is in an important position within the city centre. With a new Radisson Blu planned next door and with the great work taking place on Pinstone Street, I don’t think many people in the city would disagree that the existing look of the Gaumont is outdated and tired, and in need of a revamp.

“Across the Heart of the City scheme, we have tried to showcase heritage wherever possible, so I am delighted to see the architect using the Regent Theatre as their inspiration for the new design, while still creating something modern, fresh and exciting.”

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