Work starts on major Sheffield city centre revamp as concerns mount over deadline

Unpopular cobbles on Fargate are being removed as work finally begins on a multi-million pound revamp of one of Sheffield’s premier streets.
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The stones are being ripped out and replaced with smooth paving flags, flower beds, bins and bollards over the next 16 months.

At a drop-in session held by contractor Sisk in October, Heather Slater, of Intake, welcomed the move. She said: “The cobbles are horrendous, people in wheelchairs or buggies feel every bump.”

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It is the first stage of an upgrade for Fargate after the city council landed £15.8 million from the government’s Future High Streets Fund. In total, some £18m will be spent.

Cobbles were unpopular with some wheelchair usersCobbles were unpopular with some wheelchair users
Cobbles were unpopular with some wheelchair users

The project includes Event Central, a six-storey creative hub in the former Clintons card shop on Fargate. But fears are growing over a looming deadline.

Funding, confirmed in December 2020, must be spent by March 2024 or it could be clawed back by government. Sheffield City Council is still looking for a builder and an operator.