More than half the scheme will be office space, providing up to 5000 jobs. The application also includes plans for high quality apartment blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, retail units and landscaped public spaces.
The submission of the outline planning application for West Bar Square presents a significant step forward in the regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, which already contains major employers such as the Home Office and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.
The proposed office units will focus around the new West Bar Square, a major landscaped space comparable to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place in scale, linking the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside.
Key design principles of the scheme include connectivity with the Cathedral Quarter, Kelham Island and the Riverside areas of Sheffield City Centre and features buildings and spaces of excellent design quality and sustainability.
Site assembly and clearance is already underway with a view to enabling the earliest possible start on site subject to planning approval.
Urbo’s managing director, Peter Swallow, said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers. There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment”
Jon Suckley, partner at HOW Planning, said: “Sheffield has been through a period of significant transformation over the past 10-15 years and West Bar Square will further enhance the city, providing an iconic, mixed use development.
“Given the character of the surrounding areas there is significant merit in transforming the site into a significant destination, creating a thriving new district which will act as a gateway to the city centre.”
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