Work to begin on city centre’s biggest speculative office scheme

Developer Scarborough Group International (SGI) is set to start work on the next and final phase at the Sheffield Digital Campus (Sheffield DC).

It represents the biggest speculative office development in Sheffield city centre.

Designed by architects CJCT and being constructed by GMI Construction, “Endeavour” is a new eight-storey, 67,000 sq ft office building offering floorplates of up to 10,592 sq ft.

A private 630 sq ft roof terrace on the sixth floor is also included to overlook the combined railway and bus station and the Park Hill Flats.

Due to be delivered in spring, 2022, it is the final of four buildings on the Sheffield DC site.

Electric Works, Ventana House and Acero have all been let and subsequently sold to investors with high profile occupiers including Sky, Kennedy’s, Michael Page and Atkins and the flex-office workspace provider Spaces.

Endeavour will provide premium workspace offering flexible open plan floor plates, capable of subdivision to suit a variety of business space requirements.

The development, which has a GDV of £27m, will create up to 140 construction jobs and house up to 800 office workers when complete.

Adam Varley, head of commercial at Scarborough Group International, said: “This final building will complete our promise to provide nearly a quarter of a million sq ft of prime business space at Sheffield DC.

“The scheme has and continues to prove successful, establishing a new office quarter in a super-prime location next to the city’s major transport hubs and in the centre of the development framework for new HS2 Midlands Station.

“As well as delivering a landmark, efficient and productive working environment, we want to deliver a building that people will be proud to say ‘this is where I work.'”

Simon McCabe, CEO of SGI, added: “The scale of our development activities across the key northern cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds is unparalleled, and reflects our commitment and ambition to the Northern Powerhouse.

“We are genuinely excited by the Government’s plans to relocate several Whitehall departments to the north of England as part of its ‘Levelling-up’ agenda.

“This is not least because we believe our developments are uniquely-placed to accommodate some, if not all, of the 49,500 civil servants that have been earmarked to move as part of the Northern Policy Foundation review, but also the additional inward investment and indigenous growth that these Government-backed relocations will help stimulate.”