Sheffield John Lewis: Look inside plans to bring former Cole Brothers building back to life

Urban Splash is set to transform the landmark former Cole Brothers – and John Lewis – building into a mixed-use development with independent shops, leisure and a rooftop pocket park.

Sheffield Council selected the award-winning developer for the job in an extraordinary Town Hall strategy and resources committee meeting yesterday.

The main aim of the project is to re-establish the building as a city centre focal point.

Urban Splash plans to fill the ground floor with “lively” retail, food and drink – particularly independent businesses – use the lower ground floors for leisure, and create workspaces, studios, a gym and rooftop offices on the upper floors.

Council leader Tom Hunt said: “Sheffield city centre is on the up. We are creating a city centre that is a great place to relax, shop, work, eat and drink. Urban Splash has put forward an exciting proposal to re-imagine a much-loved building and I can’t wait to see it come back to life.”

Work is expected to be completed within three years.

These eight images by AHMM Architects show what it could look like inside and outside from various angles.