Plans lodged for 336 apartments in 23-storey building

Property developer Godwin Developments has submitted plans for a 336-apartment build-to-rent (BTR) scheme on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

Located on the corner of Farm Road and Queens Road, the application – named “The Meridian” – proposes the creation of one, two and three-bedroom modern open-plan apartments.

The 23-storey building will incorporate flexible ground floor space to provide residents’ facilities such as a concierge reception, co-working spaces, residents’ lounge and a gym, as well as extensive cycle storage and car parking.

It will also feature a landscaped roof garden available exclusively to residents and will be complemented by an external plaza fronting onto Queens’ Road.

James Mulcare, head of residential capital markets at Godwin Developments, said: “We are really pleased to have reached this key milestone in the delivery of our ambitious BTR scheme in Sheffield.

“The Meridian is a forward-looking development designed around the requirements and lifestyles of city centre residents.

“Today more than ever they need their home to be a multifunctional place – not only for living but also for working, relaxing and socialising.

“That is why the building’s design emphasises wellbeing, light, quality materials and finish, as well as access to private and shared outdoor space and community focused amenities – all within easy access of the nearby transport, parks, culture and entertainment.”

If approved, the scheme will redevelop a prominent 1.1-acre brownfield site, which has been vacant for many years.

Once complete, it will be a five-minute walk from Sheffield’s Midland Station and a ten-minute walk from the city centre including Sheffield’s main shopping and entertainment districts.

Ketan Patel, senior development manager at Godwin Developments, added: “We have worked closely with the planning department at Sheffield City Council since we acquired this highly prominent site last year.

“We extend our sincere thanks for their support and guidance to-date, resulting in the creation of a clean and stylish design that celebrates quality, detail and craftsmanship with a simple but effective execution of brick and glass.

“The Meridian will also be an environmentally responsible development, shaped with low energy design principles in mind and supported by a range of strategies to naturally reduce its carbon footprint over time.

“The proposal has been prepared by local architects Bond Bryan whose vision and expertise have been essential in delivering a scheme of exceptional standard.

“Our extended leading consultant team include planning specialists Urbana Town Planning, cost advisors Rider Levett Bucknall and engineers HSP Consulting.”

Bond Bryan associate, Tomasz Romaniewicz, added: “The resilience of BTR has been highlighted during the pandemic; with the UK investment hitting a new record high in 2020.

“The Meridian will undoubtedly form an essential component within the next chapter of the Sheffield City Centre.”