The proposals for Block B and Block C were originally presented at public consultation events back in September 2018 and submitted to the local planning authority in November 2018.

Block B and Block C front on to Pinstone Street and the approved designs, drawn up by Leonard Design Architects, include retaining the attractive Victorian façades of the existing buildings, whilst redeveloping and expanding the structures behind them.

The plans for Block B, include the sensitive renovation of Laycock House, a late Victorian era building. The current existing courtyard behind the building will be reimagined as a welcoming city garden, with a cafe proposed for the ground floor. Adjoining the renovated buildings will be four new retail units at ground floor level and 52 apartments across the seven floors above, delivering a high-quality residential offer in a superb location.

Block C sits between Pinstone Street, Cambridge Street and Charles Street, alongside the soon to be completed Block D, which is the home to the new HSBC office. Known locally as the Pepper Pot, the plans include five retail units on the ground floor and 37,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space on the seven floors above.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We are extremely pleased to have secured the go ahead on Blocks B and C of this significant scheme. The two blocks will transform the Pinstone Street retail scene and add more much-needed quality office space and new homes. The council and our strategic development partner Queensberry would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit constructive comments on the plans and help influence the direction of the final design. The city centre will soon have a new district boasting a mix of high-quality retail, residential and office space to be proud of.”

Paul Sargent, Chief Executive of Queensberry, said:

“We are pleased to receive planning approval for Blocks B and C within the masterplan. This keeps the Heart of the City scheme on track and delivery of the overall masterplan proposals we announced early last year with Sheffield City Council.”

A contractor to work across both Block B and Block C is set to be announced in the next few weeks and work on site is likely to start this summer, with completion expected by the end of 2020.

Planning advice on the scheme is being provided by Montagu Evans.