Thrill-seekers will soon be able to view the city's sights from 220ft in the air, after the council rubber-stamped plans to bring the Starflyer - the UK’s largest transportable attraction - to Sheffield.
Following an application for planning permission by Mellors Group, the request was approved at this afternoon's Planning & Highways Committee meeting.
Set to open on March 18, the ride will be installed at the top of Fargate at the site of former attraction the Wheel of Sheffield, which saw thousands of people taking in the views of the city.
Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council said: “This is a fantastic attraction which will bring many visitors to the city centre. The location is perfect for shoppers and those enjoying an evening out, plus families using other city centre leisure facilities like the Central Library or theatres – it will be a thrilling experience with spectacular city centre views day and night.
“The Sheffield Starflyer will make a valuable contribution to the vitality of our city centre. Working alongside the city centre BID this is one of many events and attractions planned to make our city centre a busier and vibrant place to visit. I hope that all those who dare, will take this opportunity to look on Sheffield from a whole new angle.”
Edward Mellors, Director of Mellors Group said “We are pleased to be bringing one of our major attractions to the city of Sheffield and look forward to working with Sheffield Council on this project which is fully funded by the Mellors Group. In the Sheffield Starflyer, we have an attraction that offers not only white knuckle excitement but is also a brand new icon of the Sheffield skyline.”
A dedicated website will be available from tomorrow at www.sheffieldstarflyer.co.uk plus a Facebook page www.facebook.com/sheffieldstarflyer where you can find more information and share your experience of the city from above.
The ride will be available for a total months, from 18 March to 5 June and open between 10am to 10pm.
Riders must be above 1.2m in height and at least 6 years old and children under 1.4m tall and age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets will cost £6 for adults, £4 for children and £5 for concessions.