Work now underway on city’s largest speculative office development

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Scarborough Group International (SGI) has started works on site to deliver a 62,862 sq ft state-of-the-art office building in Sheffield city centre.

Currently the biggest speculative office development underway in the city centre, ‘Endeavour’ forms the fourth and final phase at the Sheffield Digital Campus (Sheffield DC).

Representatives from the project team, alongside chief executive of Sheffield City Council, Kate Josephs and Councillor, Paul Turpin, met on site to mark the official ground-breaking.

Yorkshire-based GMI Construction is contracted to deliver the eight-storey Grade A office building, which offers floorplates of up to 10,323 sq ft. A private 3,584 sq ft roof terrace on the sixth floor is also included.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of summer 2022, the fully funded development 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.

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

Adam Varley, head of commercial at SGI, said: “We are pleased to announce the start of speculative construction on site to deliver the final phase at Sheffield DC which brings nearly a quarter of million sq ft of prime business space to the city centre.

“GMI Construction is a trusted long-term partner on the project and, together with our design consultants CJCT Architects, they have helped us to evolve the building in line with the future of workspaces.

“We are delighted to report that there is already strong interest from potential occupiers looking for a well-located, premium workspace with flexible, open plan floor plates in the city centre.”

Kate Josephs, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “Easily accessible, high quality office space is absolutely central to attracting investment into our region and Endeavour offers great potential for co-working in the heart of Sheffield.

“I believe Endeavour will be a great asset to our city and complement the transformation of the city centre that is currently taking place.”

Councillor Paul Turpin, executive member for inclusive economy, jobs and skills at Sheffield City Council, said: “The next couple of years will be a vital time for new developments and regeneration as we begin our Covid-19 recovery and start to look towards the future of our city.

“I am pleased Endeavour will have an “excellent” BREEAM rating and is taking wellbeing into account using the WELL building standard. Wellbeing and sustainability must be the focus of new developments in Sheffield.

“Sheffield Digital Campus will play an important role in boosting the local economy and offering an attractive setting for colleagues to come together; whether you’re working in the office multiple days a week or just visiting for an important meeting.”

Lee Powell, divisional managing director of GMI Construction Group, added: “It is fantastic to continue our work at Sheffield DC and start on site with Endeavour, the final phase of this impressive project.

“It is the last parcel of land on this prime site and so there are tight constraints on space for construction but our experience in delivering the other buildings on site allows us to apply value engineering to complete within the 71 weeks schedule.”