Flagship city hotel development takes shape

Sheffield city centre’s Radisson Blu development celebrated an important construction milestone this week.

Work on the Radisson Blu site, which forms part of Sheffield City Council and Strategic Development Partner Queensberry’s Heart of the City programme, has been gathering momentum in recent months.

Now the building’s steel frame has reached its pinnacle – eight storeys from the ground.

The 154-room hotel will be between Burgess Street and Pinstone Street.

The arrival of Radisson Blu is seen as a key driver in helping to attract new business opportunities to the city centre, while raising its profile as a destination for business and leisure.

Serving to enhance Sheffield’s social scene, an upmarket rooftop bar and terrace is also planned for the hotel, affording views over the Peace Gardens.

To celebrate Heart of the City’s latest milestone, project construction contractor McLaughlin & Harvey welcomed representatives from Radisson Hotel Group, Sheffield City Council, Queensberry, HLM Architects and Turner & Townsend for a tour of the site, along with a topping-out ceremony.

Pat Cussen, regional director UK & Ireland at Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of the Heart of the City programme and to see the hotel taking shape.

“Having presence in such a great city and adding this new property to our portfolio of Radisson Blu hotels across the UK is a fantastic achievement.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, executive member for city futures: development, culture and regeneration at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are excited to see construction work on the Radisson Blu site progressing well.

“The view from the top floor over the Peace Gardens is spectacular and we can’t wait for the hotel’s guests and visitors to see it for themselves soon. Radisson Blu is a key part of the Heart of the City jigsaw and I’m positive it will be a huge success.”

Andrew Davison, project director at Queensberry, said: “It’s great to celebrate this important milestone for the scheme today.

“The Radisson Blu development really epitomises what we are trying to achieve with Heart of the City – attracting some of the very best brands in the business and breathing new life into the city of Sheffield.”

Conor McKenna, senior project manager at McLaughlin & Harvey, added: “We’re happy to have reached this key milestone and look forward to continuing with the delivery of the project, with the focus now on the external envelope and roofing works.”

Construction of the hotel is expected to be completed towards the end of 2023.

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