Director of City Centre Development
Heart of the City is Sheffield city centre’s transformative development scheme, creating 1.5 million sq ft of individually designed and repurposed buildings for office, retail, residential & leisure use.
This new Heart of Sheffield will help attract more jobs and investment and make Sheffield an even more rewarding and dynamic place to live and work.
Sheffield City Council and its strategic development partner, Queensberry, are delivering this vision, which includes plans for premium retail brands, Grade A offices, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, urban living, boutique hotels and enlivened public spaces.
The scheme builds on the key achievements and example set by the original Heart of the City over a decade ago and The Moor regeneration – alongside Kelham Island, the University campus masterplans, Sheffield Station and Park Hill – to not just change one part of the city, but string significant parts of it back together again.
Working with the traditional street layout, modern and existing architecture is being combined to provide a sophisticated place to live, work, shop and visit. It brings together the old and the new, maintaining the existing street patterns and several key heritage elements, whilst adding striking new architecture and distinctive outdoor squares and spaces.
The long-term project is systematically regenerating (as opposed to tearing down and building anew) and reinvigorating the geographical centre of one of the country's largest cities.
In addition to encouraging new retailers to the city centre, the scheme will provide Grade A office space, a flagship Radisson Blu hotel, a range of homes for long-term residents, restaurants and cafés, leisure destinations, parking and quality public realm – creating an exciting central quarter that helps attract new jobs and investment.
Although retail remains a key arm of the scheme and has an important role to play in the future of the city centre, the scheme has been designed to respond to the uncertainty in the retail market, and, with help from the Academy of Urbanism, has sought to redefine how a modern urban centre should provide at different levels for the needs of businesses, residents and visitors moving forward.
Innovation in leisure, education, urban parks and public realm, and housing have all been factored in.
A key turning point has been the decision to retain Cambridge Street (formerly Coal Pit Lane), one of Sheffield’s oldest streets, along with some of its key historic buildings. This includes Leah’s Yard, a complex of former mesters workshops, which is being reimagined for today’s makers, creators and local independent retailers.