Two streets go one-way in Sheffield city centre to allow Heart of the City construction

Two Sheffield city centre streets will be restricted for up to 18 months to allow construction work on the Heart of the City project.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 8:15 pm

Division Street will be one-way between Rockingham Lane and Rockingham Street - a section which includes Eton clothing, Pieminster and Bungalows and Bears bar. It will only be open to traffic heading westbound, away from the city centre.

Rockingham Street will also become one-way - from Division Lane to Wellington Street - heading south only.

The restrictions come as another length of Division Street remains closed to traffic under a social distancing order announced in June.

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Block H2 on Carver Street.
Block H2 on Carver Street.

The section outside Lucky Fox and The Copperpot cafes and the Frog and Parrot pub - between Rockingham Street and Westfield Terrace - is for cycles and pedestrians only and featured tables in the road last summer.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The council is making preparations for the start of construction on the Heart of the City masterplan between Cambridge Street and Carver Street, including Leah’s Yard, Bethel Chapel, Cambridge Street Collective and Elshaw House.

"Details of the contractor and the construction programme will be announced in the coming weeks. These measures allow for emergency Covid-19 measures along Leopold Street to continue, while also enabling Heart of the City to continue to progress. The measures are being implemented under a temporary order for 18 months and can be reviewed as required.”

Elshaw House, previously know as Block H2, will be in an area bounded by Wellington Street, Backfields and Carver Street. Plans for a nine-storey office block, with shops and cafes on the ground floor, received planning permission in October.

Sheffield City Council's Heart of the City project, around Carver Street.

The application was submitted by Sheffield City Council, which is acting as developer and funder of the £480m Heart of the City scheme.

Meanwhile, the revamp of an office block on Carver Street as part of the HoC2 – which will stand diagonally opposite Block H2 – is nearing completion.

Sheffield Council gave £2m towards the redevelopment of 38 Carver Street in return for a 20-year lease taken out by property management specialists Staton Young.

The five-storey, glass-fronted building will become Cubo, comprising serviced offices, communal areas and a rooftop bar.

38 Carver Street will soon open as Cubo. Picture: Chris Etchells

Nearby, consent was granted in September for ‘Block H3’ comprising a communal hall for retailers and hospitality firms, along with space for businesses and events, fronting on to Cambridge Street.

Plans have also been revealed for historic Leah's Yard, which is also on Cambridge Street, to create a hub for independent businesses, local makers, festivals and cultural events.

Several bids were submitted in autumn. It is understood an operator will be announced imminently.

Division Street, Rockingham Street and the Heart of the City development area. Pic: Google.

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