Foundations laid for Fargate shipping container attraction due to open next week

Visitors to Sheffield city centre are eagerly awaiting to see a new shipping container attraction with shops, food and a big screen that is expected to open next week.

Preparation work has been spotted at the top of Fargate outside the Town Hall already but only the foundations have been laid so far.

Sheffield Council said the complete structure was built in Leeds and it is due to be in place and opened next week with a full launch on the weekend of June 24. This is a couple of months later than the council initially said.

When completed it will feature food vendors, shops, toilets, living walls, outdoor seating and a big screen in an effort to draw more visitors to the area.

Visitors to Sheffield city centre are eagerly awaiting to see a new shipping container attraction with shops, food and a big screen that is expected to open next week.

Opening hours for the hub will be 8am to 11pm, every day.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, who was co-operative executive member for city futures: development, culture and regeneration when the plans were drawn up, said: “We know that the high street has faced many challenges throughout the pandemic and it’s really important that we take every opportunity to support local businesses and encourage people to visit and spend time in the city centre.

“The containers will be a great new addition to Fargate and complement the eclectic, vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and shops already in place across the city centre.”

It was designed by Steel Yard, a Sheffield-based company specialising in shipping container architecture with a large base in Kelham Island.

Artists' impression of Sheffield Council's new Fargate attraction in the city centre.

The initial budget for the attraction was £300,000 but this has increased to £446,000 – it will all be paid for by central government grants via the Get Britain Building fund which was secured by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

Council officers said schemes like this were needed because Fargate and the High Street account for one tenth of city centre retail space with 103 retail and leisure units but they are unsustainable in their current form.

Who is taking on the units

All of the businesses taking on a unit of the hub are local independents.

The foundations of the Fargate attraction with Sheffield Town Hall in the background.

Four out of six have been confirmed so far – these are: Get Wurst (German street food), Yoki (Korean street food), Re-Owned (pre-owned clothing store) and Urban Pizza Co (pizzas).

The foundations of the Fargate attraction in Sheffield city centre.