"At last we have the chance to create a unique space at Sheffield Castle"

This image shows how Sheffield’s run-down Castlegate quarter could be transformed using £20 million of funding announced in Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget.

By Lisa Wong
Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 3:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 3:27 pm

Sheffield City Council worked with partners on the bid for the Levelling Up Fund – which was centred on Castlegate, where Castle Market once stood – and cultural and heritage projects around Park Hill and Canada House.

A total of £15m will go towards regenerating Castlegate and transforming the area around the River Sheaf, and the remaining funding will go towards two other projects – Park Hill Art Space and Harmony Works.

This image showing how the boarded-up Castle Market site – where the remains of Sheffield Castle are visible – was submitted as part of the successful funding bid.

How the Castlegate area might look, submitted as part of the funding application.

Martin Gorman, chairman of the Friends of Sheffield Castle group, said: “Absolutely delighted to confirm that the city has been successful in its bid to secure £20m of funding for Castlegate through the Government Levelling Up fund.

“£15m of this will go towards further archaeological investigation and interpretation of the historic Castle remains for the public to view, quality open space, de-culverting of the River Sheaf and route-ways through the site. Targeted plots on the outer edges of the site will be made 'developer ready'.

“This is fantastic news and congratulations must go to Nalin Seneviratne and the bid team on putting together a compelling case.

“At last we have the chance to create a unique space and showcase our history whilst revealing our Castle once more!”

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield. Pic: Scott Merrylees

Park Hill Art Space will deliver an arts, cultural and heritage destination at the Park Hill estate and it will aim to be one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the North, complemented by creative workspace and learning facilities, within a six-acre sculpture park.

Harmony Works is a partnership between Sheffield Music Academy and Sheffield Music Hub to create a new fit-for-purpose music academy by refurbishing Grade II listed Canada House.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield said: “I’ve been pleased to work with the city council on this exciting bid which will transform a key gateway to our city. It builds on their great work with the ‘grey to green’ initiative around Castlegate and goes much further.

“I’m pleased that we’ve convinced the Government to give the full £20 million that’s needed to transform the Sheffield Castle site and open up the River Sheaf, creating a great new public space and encourage new investment, as well as the fantastic new facilities in Park Hill Art Space and Harmony Works.

Martin Gorman, chairman of Friends of Sheffield Castle. Picture Scott Merrylees

“At a time when the city centre has suffered because of the pandemic and retail changes, this is a great step on the road to recovery.”