The ongoing transformation of Sheffield city centre is continuing at pace after plans were submitted to transform a key building which has stood empty for almost 20 years.
Developer Tandem Properties has submitted an application to Sheffield Council to covert the old Salvation Army Citadel building on Burgess Street into a retail unit.
The application comes just weeks after the council unveiled its £500 million Heart of the City II redevelopment scheme for the city centre.
A design and access statement submitted with the application said: "The Citadel was built on behalf of the Salvation Army. It served as their headquarters until 1999 when they relocated to new premises and the building has since stood empty.
"The proposals to convert the building into a retail outlet aim to revitalise it and bring it back into public use."
The Heart of the City II proposals include new shops occupied by 'quality names', two plush four or five-star hotels, Grade A offices, residential apartments, leisure venues and a high-end food, all set around tree-lines streets and public spaces overlooked by rooftop bars and cafés - all on 1.5 million sq ft of land between Pinstone Street, Barkers Pool and The Moor.
Tandem's statement added: "The proposals aim to modernise the interior of the building, making it suitable for use as a retail unit whilst maintaining the important architectural features which give the building its character.
"Small changes are to be made to the principal elevation facing onto Cross Burgess Street in order order to increase the amount of shop display area and to distinguish the building as a retail unit."
The Grade II listed building is split over four floors and the proposals would see the ground and first floors used as the retail main spaces while the basement and a new second floor, inserted at the level of the existing upper tier, will act as staff and storage areas.
The document said: "Since the roof plays an important role in the character of the building, it is not considered plausible to add extra retail floor area by constructing new floors and raising the roof.
"Therefore, the amount of development has been determined by the level of accommodation already provided within the Citadel."
All non load-bearing partitions will be removed on the ground floor to create an open space for the retail outlet and the floor would also be raised to allow level access from a new entrance on Cross Burgess Street.
The statement concluded by saying: "This scheme aims to bring Citadel back into public use through refurbishment and conversion for use as a retail outlet. Planning policy and the location of the building within the city's most popular retail district suggest that this is the best use through which to revitalise the building."
Nalin Seneviratne, director of city centre development at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are really pleased to see the owners of the Citadel progress the future restoration and use of the Citadel with this major step of making a planning application.
"The council and its development partner Queensberry are working closely with Tandem Properties as it takes forward its development plans. This is really good news for Sheffield and its history and heritage.
“It also highlights the wider effect that Heart of the City II can deliver, attracting further investment to the city centre beyond the actual scheme itself.”
The council said it had no information on which retailer would be taking on the building yet.