The developers shortlisted to work on Sheffield’s long-awaited new retail quarter have been confirmed.
Outline plans for the £480m Sheffield Council scheme around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead in the city centre include new shops, offices, restaurants and flats.
Earlier this month it was revealed there had been a six month delay in the date when a final development partner would be confirmed and it is now expected in March 2016.
The council has now released which three of five developers have been shortlisted to work on the project and will now proceed to the next stage.
They are Lend Lease Europe Holdings Ltd - which developed the major Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, and Queensberry Real Estate, which is working on the refurbishment of the Corn Exchange in Manchester.
A third company is Aspire Development Management Ltd - which involved with the Olympic Park in London and also lists Lend Lease Europe Holdings Ltd as a client.
A council spokesman said the firms operated in different ways, some as developers and others as project managers, and if Aspire won it could potentially choose Lend Lease, or a third party, to do the work.
He added: “They will put in what they feel is the best bid - we will work with them to get the best deal for the city.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy council leader, said: “The bidders have extensive experience in exciting, major developments.”