Plans submitted for next phase of major redevelopment

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Work on preparing the cultural and commercial transformation of a key part of Sheffield city centre has advanced further, despite the pandemic.

Planning applications for the next phase of the Heart of the City II scheme, which includes a cultural destination and a new low carbon office building, have been submitted by Sheffield City Council.

Block H, between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, sits at the centre of the Heart of the City II masterplan and includes heritage buildings.

The council’s strategy for the block is to create a new ‘cultural heart’ for the scheme, which will combine existing and new architecture to provide an attractive destination.

The proposals have been designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Proposals for Cambridge Street Collective – which will sit behind Henry’s Corner and Bethel Sunday School on Cambridge Street – include a large, industrial-style space where people will be able to meet to eat, drink and be entertained.

Historic building fronts will be retained and adapted to bring them back into use, with a new structure added behind which will complement the older architecture.

Wrapping around this space will be complementary shops, a bar and restaurant, and an upper level leisure space.

The existing Bethel Chapel building will also be renovated, with plans for this to become a live entertainment venue.

Next to Cambridge Street Collective, a low-carbon office building is proposed for the vacant site in between Cambridge Street and Carver Street.

The premises will provide approximately 70,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven floors, with shops, restaurants or cafés at the ground floor.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to progress these plans over recent months and can now submit planning applications for the next phase of Heart of the City II.

“The submission of the planning applications follows over six weeks of public consultation, where local residents, businesses and interest groups participated and shared their thoughts.

“The comments and insights we received have helped us to further shape these proposals, and I would like to personally thank all who provided their views.

“There’s no doubt that these are unsettling times for all of us, including many city centre businesses.

“Whilst it is critical for us to help our businesses with immediate challenges, it is also vital we continue to build a strong and resilient city centre that is fit for the future. The delivery of Heart of the City II is central to those efforts.”

Andrew Davison, project director at Queensberry, said: “The plans for Block H epitomise our ambition to create places with character and personality that will bring something entirely unique to Sheffield city centre.

“Cambridge Street Collective promises to become a destination that both locals and visitors will cherish and enjoy, and we are very excited about bringing this vision to life.”