You can now give your views on £50 million apartment block in Sheffield city centre

Members of public can now give their views on proposals to build a £50 million block of more than 340 apartments in Sheffield city centre.

Monday, 25th March 2019, 2:05 pm
Updated Monday, 25th March 2019, 2:08 pm
How the Kangaroo Works development would look.
How the Kangaroo Works development would look.

Kangaroo Works, the next phase of Sheffield's Heart of the City II development, will feature a mix of ‘high quality’ homes to rent and buy on the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, close to Devonshire Green.

Sheffield Council has now launched a pre-application public consultation and asked for comments and views before it submits a planning application for the block.

How the Kangaroo Works development would look.

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The development’s name references a former tool factory that stood on the site in the early 19th century.

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Sheffield Council, which is driving Heart of the City II, exchanged contracts to sell the land to a joint venture company made up of Angelo Gordon, a US firm, and Ridgeback Group, a British concern, earlier this year.

The site contains a surface car park but is largely cleared. Comments on the proposals – known as ‘block F’ in the Heart of the City II masterplan published last year – can be made until April 3.

Applications were recently submitted for blocks B and C – shops, offices and flats at two buildings, Laycock House and the Pepper Pot, on Pinstone Street – whilst Grosvenor House, a new 140,000 sq ft base for HSBC with accompanying offices and retail space, is rapidly nearing completion in a reshaped Charter Square, which is due to open this spring.

Selling the land for Kangaroo Works means the council will not have to act as the sole developer on Heart of the City II.

The £500 million regeneration project – formerly known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter – is the successor to Sevenstone, the shopping scheme that stalled during the recession and was dropped six years ago.

The first Heart of the City brought the Winter Garden, Millennium Gallery, Peace Gardens and the offices of St Paul's Place.

After parting ways with Sevenstone's developer Hammerson, the council opted to go it alone – offering a mix of uses, rather than solely shops, is now the chosen approach as the high street falters.

For more information or to view the proposals and leave your comments visit https://www.heartofcity2.com/public-consultation/