This is where a 38 storey tower with over 1,200 rooms could be built in Sheffield city centre

A 38 storey tower with more than 1,200 rooms is set to become Sheffield’s tallest building and be a new landmark on the skyline.

By Lucy Ashton, Local Democracy Reporter
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 12:16 pm

The tower would front Rockingham Street with a 17 storey block on Wellington Street and a 12 storey block on Trafalgar Street in Sheffield city centre.

There would be 1,065 studios, 140 one bed flats and 25 two bed flats in ‘co-living’ accommodation, a relatively new concept where residents have a smaller than average private living space but large communal areas.

It is aimed at students, graduates and young professionals with all-inclusive rents. The studios would only be 18sqm but would be an affordable price with rents typically less than similar schemes.

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An artists' impression of what the building could look like

There’s some trade-off between the small units and the large amount of shared space which would include a gym, common room, cinema room, cafe, study rooms and dining rooms.

Officers have considered how the tower will impact on the skyline when viewed from various locations.

They say: “The Cholera Monument offers a panoramic view of the city centre and whilst the proposed tower will be clearly visible, it will be no more prominent than existing tall buildings.

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“The development will not screen or harm any key features and will act as a marker to enhance the prominence of the centre. Sheffield’s skyline is punctuated by existing tall buildings and this will not appear out of keeping.

“It will be visible beyond the listed buildings on Pinstone Street and Barkers Pool war memorial.

“These are particularly sensitive views given the heritage assets however the proposal is set at a distance and contrasts, adding to the mix of building types within the city centre.

“The scale is significantly taller than adjacent buildings and it is acknowledged that it will dominate the immediate townscape and at times may provide an uncomfortable sense of enclosure.”

Officers say the slim, elegant tower would have a simple appearance with large floor to ceiling windows. It would be finished in metallic copper which can change colour subtly depending on daylight.

Councillors will discuss the plans at a meeting on Tuesday, January 28.