Sheffield Retail Quarter on the rise in 2017
Visitors to Sheffield city centre will start to see major changes in 2017, as construction finally begins on the new retail quarter.
The old Grosvenor House Hotel is already on its way down, with demolition well under way.
The once iconic building - now considered an eyesore - is making way for a new six-storey office block and a range of ground floor shop and restaurant units.
The office block will become the new home of HSBC, as the bank strengthens its commitment to Sheffield.
Nearby Charter Square will be completely redesigned, with the roundabout replaced by a single road and a new pedestrianised area that will feature cafes.
Drivers will have already noticed a change to the road route, as contractors begin changing the layout.
A Sheffield Council spokesman said all demolition work would be finished by spring next year - now just a few months away.
The Pinstone Street and Furnival Gate elevations will be deconstructed by hand with the remainder of the building being demolished mechanically.
The Charter Square work is being done in parallel.
The council said the work involves the construction of a new carriageway from Charter Row to Furnival Gate, with the current roundabout and associated subways at Charter Square becoming obsolete.
A new cycle path will be built, along with new pavement and a landscaped pedestrian area, which the council hopes will ‘enhance the current environment’.
The highways work should be finished by the summer.
Once demolition of the hotel building is finished, the site will be prepared for the construction of the new block. This is scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Sheffielders will be able to see the new building rising from the ground in April, and everything should be finished by early 2019.
The office block and shops form the first phase of the long-awaited retail quarter.
The second phase will involved the demolition of the bulk of buildings between Barkers Pool and the new office block, and the construction of a range of new units - including a new multi-storey car park and a department store which the council hopes will house John Lewis.
A planning application for the second phase has yet to be submitted.
This week councillors granted planning permission for the final phase of the redevelopment of The Moor. A new three-storey shop unit will replace the building on the corner with Furnival Gate, further improving retail options.
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