Major developments on the way for Sheffield city centre
Sheffield council has released details of plans for a major redevelopment of the city centre, focusing mostly on retail but also to include new residential and office space.
The 900,000 square ft development, named Sheffield Retail Quarter, will dedicate 700,000 square feet to retail and leisure outlets and the rest to be divided between residential and office space. The new district will be street-based rather than a shopping centre/mall, and the new outlets will be built among existing historic buildings in the city centre.
Sheffield council is planning to have the developments 80% complete by 2019, with final work finishing in 2021.
Around 2,500 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the scheme, both in construction and later full-time jobs in the new areas of the city centre.
Sheffield council’s executive director, Simon Green, commented: "The design merges with Sheffield's award-winning public spaces and world-renowned cultural assets including City Hall, The Crucible and The Lyceum theatres - and links key retail pitches in the city centre from The Moor through to Fargate. This will complement the new shopping facilities and provide food and drink, office and residential space to extend the city centre's attraction as an evening entertainment option."