Green light for 154-bed city hotel

Proposals to introduce hotelier Radisson Blu to a key Sheffield city centre location have been approved.

Submitted by Sheffield City Council and its Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry, in August, the plans are the latest to be approved as part of Sheffield’s Heart of the City scheme.

The arrival of Radisson Blu is expected to attract new business opportunities into the city, while raising its profile as a visitor destination.

The hotel will be housed behind the facades of Palatine Chambers and City Mews. Replacing Barkers Pool House on Burgess Street will be a second complementary building, containing the majority of the hotel’s 154 bedrooms.

A rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace is also planned for the hotel, which will look out over the Peace Gardens. There will also be shops and food and drink businesses on the ground floor.

Designed by Sheffield-based architects, HLM, the retention of Pinstone Street’s historic facades and the incorporation of complementary materials and colours will ensure the new development reflects the city’s historic identity.

The plans for Radisson Blu are the latest set of proposals within the Heart of the City scheme to receive planning approval.

Introducing a mix of leisure, retail, office and residential developments, the scheme is set to breathe new life into the city centre, making it a more attractive place to work and live.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re delighted that our plans to introduce a new hotel to the heart of Sheffield have received planning approval.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their comments on these proposals.

“We believe the arrival of Radisson Blu – a brand of real quality and prestige – not only demonstrates confidence in our city as a worthwhile investment location, but will be a key factor to attracting more businesses and will complement the ongoing rejuvenation of our city centre.”

Andrew Davison, project director at Queensberry, strategic development partner, said: “We’re pleased to learn that we have received the go ahead to develop the Radisson Blu hotel in Sheffield city centre.

“The hotel’s premium brand reputation provides confidence and will no doubt help attract further investment opportunities for Sheffield.

“The hotel’s luxury rooms, first-class conferencing facilities, and bars and restaurants, will deliver a new dynamic to the Heart of the City scheme and wider city centre.”

Adela Cristea, senior director, head of business development UK & Ireland, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re very excited to be at the forefront of Sheffield’s regeneration project in a fantastic location at the heart of the city, as well as adding this vibrant new property to our selection of Radisson Blu hotels across the UK.”