Consultancy hired for major city regeneration developments

Construction and property consultancy, Summers-Inman, has been appointed to two major regeneration projects in Sheffield.

In both cases, the developer behind the projects is York-based Grantside.

At The Hive, Kelham Island, the first Carbon Net Zero building will be developed, and Summers-Inman will be responsible for cost consultancy and project management.

Located on Bowling Green Street, The Hive includes 100 co-living studios, spread over five floors and is designed with a focus on a curated community living style.

It will offer residents facilities such as communal kitchens, roof top allotments, laundry/café facilities and dedicated working and rest zones, while at ground floor level, commercial units will provide space for start-ups, independent traders and entrepreneurs.

The second project, known as 190 Norfolk Street and located on the corner of Charles and Norfolk Street, is also a Net Carbon Zero scheme.

Summers-Inman has an expanded brief on this project, also taking on the role of principal designer.

Grantside’s proposals for this six-storey office development were approved by Sheffield City Council’s Planning Committee in November 2022.

This mixed-use office development will include around 2,200 sq ft of retail and active space on the ground floor, with 19,500 sq ft of flexible office space above.

Summers-Inman was appointed to both projects following the submission of a competitive fee bid.

John Harvey, associate director of Summers-Inman, has previously worked with Grantside’s MD Steve Davis.

Harvey said: “We last worked on a project with Steve about 10 years ago. Since then, as a construction consultancy, we have greatly increased our capacity and developed our expertise on inner city projects, making us perfectly placed for this appointment, which we hope is the first of many for Grantside.

“We are just about to embark on detailed designs for both schemes and then we can go out to tender. I expect construction will begin at The Hive in Bowling Green Lane first, later this year.

“As a Net Carbon Zero building, the conservation of energy will be a key aspect of the final design.”

Davis added: “The human interfaces of our projects are always our starting point and I believe both these projects demonstrate our philosophy well.

“We have taken the utmost care in designing the buildings to ensure they achieve the highest quality standards and we are very much looking forward to beginning the process of collaborating with Summers-Inman and the rest of the design team to take our plans to the next stage.”

It is hoped the two-stage tender for The Hive will be launched before the end of April with construction likely to start around 20 weeks later, allowing for work on the detailed building design with the chosen contractor.

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