‘Striking’ skyscraper to be built on former Primark site in Sheffield city centre

Plans to building a 39-storey skyscraper on the former Primark site in Sheffield city centre have been given the go-ahead.

Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 7:00 am

Members of Sheffield Council’s planning committee gave their support for the landmark development in a meeting today.

To make way for the 206-apartment block named Kings Tower, a vacant retail unit that was used by Primark, in High Street, in the Castlegate area, would be demolished.

Councillor Peter Price said: “It’s a part of the city centre that has been struggling over the past few years, ever since the market was removed and I think it’s going to be a very striking building and, linked to the development on Castlegate.

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A close-up view of Kings Tower
A close-up view of Kings Tower

"There is a really exciting future for this part of the city. It will increase the footfall dramatically and therefore the retail and nightlife will begin to improve.

“All in all I think it’s a big boost to the city centre development. I look forward to seeing it.”

Coun Andrew Sangar supported the scheme.

"I think those of us who want the city to go up to protect green space need to support high buildings,” he said.

"This is a really high quality design, given that this is going to be seen from many viewpoints across Sheffield it’s important this is a quality building.”

There will also be space for a commercial unit, drinking establishment or hot food takeaway.

As part of the works, King Street to the rear and surrounding area will be be improved with the market retained and access for vehicles.

A separate application was submitted to temporarily relocate the market to a nearby site during construction.

Sheffield Council planning officers, who recommended it for approval, said in a report ahead of the meeting: “The proposal will secure a well-designed, visually distinctive residential tower on a sustainably located brownfield site, which will create a local landmark and aid the legibility of this part of the city centre as well as providing substantial regeneration benefits.”

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