How Sheffield could have looked

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Cost: Estimated at £10 million

What was it: A four star, nine- storey, 200-bedroom hotel to replace the Nelson Mandela Building in Sheaf Street. Restaurants, bars, conferencing facilities and an underground car park were all included.

Standout feature: Its shimmering glass front would have reflected the stainless steel fountain at Sheffield Railway Station.

Developers: CTP Ltd, a Manchester-based development company.

Permission granted: August 2007.

What happened: Work never started. Planning permission ran out three years ago.


Cost: Estimates vary but £60 million seems conservative

What was it: A residential and office tower in Spital Hill. At 435 feet this would have been the city’s tallest building.

Standout feature: Its special green design – including a roof-top wind turbine – would have ensured it was classed as an ‘eco-tower’.

Developers: Cherry Tree Developments, based in Lincoln.

Permission granted: April 2006.

What happened: Even at the height of the boom, there was a feeling this was little more than a speculative planning application. It just never happened.


Cost: £100 million.

What was it: A digital campus complex designed to look like a beehive set to be built where Sheaf House once stood next to Sheffield Railway Station.

Standout feature: The sandstone coloured building’s unusual shape was designed to have the wow factor to impress visitors arriving by train.

Developer: Scarborough Development Company with Yorkshire Forward support.

Permission granted: Plans shelved around 2009 before an official application was made.

What happened: The building was designed to complement the Electric Works campus on Sheaf Street – but money ran out.


Cost: £400 million.

What was it: A massive high-rise urban village set to be built on wasteland between West Bar, Corporation Street and Bridge Street, it would have included hundreds of residential apartments, as well as restaurants, bars, shops and office space.

Standout features: Two sleek twin towers would have stood 26 and 25 storeys high either side of the three acre development.

Developers: London-based Castlemore Securities developed the proposals with support from Sheffield City Council.

Permission granted: January 2009.

What happened: Castlemore Securities went into administration and, fittingly for a scheme which shared a name with the Bermuda Triangle, the project disappeared without trace.


Cost: £5.5 million.

What was it: A 25-foot-high steel sculpture of a football set to overlook the M1 next to the Outokumpu steelworks.

Standout feature: Lit up at night, the ball would have been a fitting gateway to the region, advocates said.

Developer: Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club, were behind the idea.

Permission granted: December 2010.

What happened: A land deal meant construction became impossible though Richard Timms, chairman of Sheffield FC, insists he would still like to see the ball built.