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Tuesday 19 July

Sheffield City Council has today revealed the proposed plans for a landmark development at the heart of Sheffield Retail Quarter.

Members of the public are invited to have their say on the proposals before 9 August. Their views will be used to inform a detailed application to the Local Planning Authority later in the year.

The plans have been driven by HSBC’s announcement that the £480m city-centre regeneration scheme is its preferred location for its new city headquarters.

Subject to the planning outcome and ongoing discussions with the bank, construction is due to start in early 2017. The plans can be viewed at a public drop-in session on 25 July at The Art House, Backfields, and are also available on the Sheffield Retail Quarter website.

The premium office block will be located between Wellington Street, Cambridge Street, Charter Row and Furnival Gate.

A 15,000sqm office building will encourage thousands of people into the heart of the district. New shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, along with landscaped public spaces, will help it to become one of Sheffield’s most sought-after places to work.

The six-storey building has been carefully designed to complement the existing cluster of new offices in the city centre, whilst working with the existing street layout and different levels.

Preparations have already started for the demolition of the derelict Grosvenor House Hotel, which has already been subject to a successful planning application. The Council has purchased the land, and is working with the small number of affected businesses to seek vacant possession. The building will start to be demolished in August.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy said, “Having a blue-chip, international company recognise our vision for Sheffield Retail Quarter has been a real catalyst for the scheme. We have consistently said that Sheffield city centre needs much more than just new shops.

“We need top quality office space to bring in the businesses and workers to spend money in those shops. We need cafes for meetings, restaurants and bars for people to socialise in after work. We need attractive public spaces like the Peace Gardens where people can sit to have their lunch. We need homes for city-centre workers. These are all the things that Sheffield Retail Quarter will offer.”

This development provides the perfect link from The Moor, through to the future phases of the retail quarter, to the rest of the city centre. Sheffield is really coming into its own as the ideal place for businesses to locate. With the recent announcement of the city centre HS2 station and its growing reputation for offering the great lifestyle of The Outdoor City, the next few years are looking very exciting for Sheffield.”

To give you views on the plans you can:

• Complete the online consultation form at www.sheffieldretailquarter.com/have-your-say
• Email the consultation team at info@sheffieldretailquarter.com
• Send comments by post to: Freepost Retail Quarter Consultation
• Call the consultation team on 0800 731 5515
• Visit our drop in session on Monday 25 July, 3.30pm-7.30pm at The Art House, Backfields, S1 4HJ
For further updates please see: www.sheffieldretailquarter.com