Sheffield Council seeking quality new occupiers for ‘cultural heart’ of city centre scheme
Monday 6th July 2020
Located on the city centre site between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, Block H is viewed as the ‘cultural heart’ of the masterplan – designed to provide spaces to encourage human interaction, creativity and artistic expression. A planning application was submitted last month.
As of today, the leasing team are now actively looking for tenant offers on key elements of the site – including Cambridge Street Collective (CSC) and Bethel Chapel, as well as welcoming early expressions of interest on the planned refurbishment of Leah’s Yard. All three elements are being designed and delivered to an advanced shell-and-core finish.
Proposals for CSC include a 20,000 sq ft industrial-style space, which would be perfectly suited to a food hall or similar sociable, communal offer. An operator for the venue is being sought to promote, manage and sublet all the internal space.
Interlinking with CSC is Bethel Chapel, which is being reimagined as a 15,000 sq ft live entertainment venue. The chosen operator for this building will be responsible for curating events and social activities.
Further North on Cambridge Street, early expressions of interest are also being requested for 11,000 sq ft of space inside the Grade II* Listed Leah’s Yard – which houses a collection of former industrial workshops. Structural and roofing works are set to be carried out to bring the building back into a usable condition.
While plans for Leah’s Yard are still at an embryonic stage, the Council has a real desire to see the workshops reimagined as creative ‘makers’ hubs, with a distinct Sheffield identity.
Andrew Davison, Project Director of Queensberry, said:
“The plans for Block H epitomise our ambition to create places with character and personality that will bring something entirely unique to Sheffield city centre. Cambridge Street Collective in particular, promises to become a destination that both locals and visitors will cherish and enjoy.
“We still believe large communal hubs will still be very relevant moving forward. The concept of a vibrant environment, with shared tables and a variety of food, drink and leisure offers, has become synonymous with how we want to work and socialise these days.
“Now that the planning application has been submitted, we are keen to go out to the market – enabling us be ready to hit the ground running this summer. We are confident in attracting leasehold food and beverage and leisure tenants of real originality and quality to help bring our vision to life.”
Construction across the site is anticipated to get underway later this year, with completion of all the elements expected in 2022.