Revamped car park could become "iconic centrepiece" of Sheffield city centre

A car park could be revamped into an "iconic centrepiece" to blend in with new Heart of the City 2 developments in Sheffield city centre.

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 12:29 pm

Sheffield Council wants to refresh Telephone House, the Wellington Street car park near Charter Row, with cladding, fresh coats of paint and new lighting.

The council has submitted an application to its own planning department and says: "Under this vision for the city centre, there are proposals for retail units, grade A offices, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, urban living, boutique hotels and attractive public spaces.

"Rather than creating brand new streets from scratch, the overall scheme aims to utilise the existing street layouts to integrate with The Moor, Fargate, Barker’s Pool and the Devonshire Quarter.

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This is what the Wellington Street car park looks like now. (Photograph: Two Point Seven Facades Ltd)

"Heart of the City 2 is expected to create around 500 construction jobs and support between 5,500 and 7,000 local jobs once completed

"This planning application covers the external refurbishment works to the NCP car park and its service yards. The building sits in a prominent location and currently consists of vacant retail units.

"The proposals aim to enhance the appearance of the car park as part of the overall improvement of this area, address issues with the existing building and enable the future installation of retail units to the ground floor.

"The current car park is to be transformed into an iconic centrepiece for the entire scheme, completing the redevelopment of Charter Square."

An artist's impression of how the Wellington Street car park could look. (Photograph: Two Point Seven Facades Ltd)

The design includes weathering steel feature cladding with "fins" that would be precisely arranged at varying angles in order to produce a wave effect.

The cladding has been chosen to tie into similar colour schemes and materials that have already been used on developments located on Cambridge Street.

Should the scheme be given the go-ahead, fencing and gates along the existing service yards on Rockingham Street and Wellington Street will be made from perforated sheeting to continue the style of material on Charter Row.

The former British Telecom tower above the car park was refurbished by Vita Student in 2016 to provide student accommodation.

View B Wellington Street Car Park (Picture: Two Point Seven Facades Ltd)

Planning officers are currently considering the scheme, the details of which can be viewed by visiting: https://planningapps.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QEWN9QNYFO600

View A Wellington Street Car Park. Picture: (Two Point Seven Facades Ltd)
View C Wellington Street Car Park (Picture: Two Point Seven Facades Ltd)