University has designs on Sheffield office building

Sheffield University is pressing ahead with development plans for a city centre office building.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:08 pm
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The university wants to convert Cathedral House, on the corner of Church Street and Vicar Lane, into academic space for staff and students, and has now applied to the council seeking permission for the change of use.

Once complete, the development would cater for 291 students, 98 staff from the psychology department and 15 members of the city and cultural events team.

In a submission to the council, the university’s planning agent, DLP, said: “The upper floors of the building have been vacant for a significant period of time and despite active marketing, there has been limited interest in this space.

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“The proposed development will bring this space into full and active use and assist as part of the ongoing reinvestment in the university’s campus.”

The NHS blood donor centre, which occupies part of the ground floor, will remain unaffected.

The rest of the ground floor was previously occupied by JobWise, which has relocated to nearby St James’ House.

Kier Sheffield occupies the fourth floor but is due to leave next month.

The scheme would extend the university’s central campus, drawing activity into the city centre, DLP added.