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Memorial Charity Evening

23 Apr

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Activities at Shipshape – April 2018

3 Apr

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Together Women – Easter Party

29 Mar

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Bid for 4,000 new homes takes leap forwards

21 Mar

Sheffield City Council’s multi-million pound bid to enable over 4,000 new homes to be built on 34 brownfield sites in Sheffield has taken a significant leap forwards.

The Sheffield bid has been shortlisted along with 44 others for funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The bid is part of the council’s ‘brownfield first’ approach that seeks to build homes on land that has been used for development previously. The authority will be awarded millions of pounds of extra funding for infrastructure, such as improved traffic junctions and flood defences, to encourage housing development on these sites – which are often more difficult to develop.

The new homes will be in and around the city centre. The council is welcoming this valuable opportunity to work with government on the strategic plan for the area.

Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet member for Planning and Development said:

“We’re doing everything we can to encourage more house building in Sheffield, so I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for this extra funding.

“The national housing crisis is hitting people here in Sheffield as well. This investment is needed to help us build the homes we need on the brownfield sites that we want. House building also brings new job opportunities to the city so we really want to ensure we make it through to the next stage.”

“This bid is only the start. We have much bigger plans to develop along the canal and develop a Sheffield to Rotherham corridor to deliver thousands of new homes and regeneration to those communities.”

The council now has until Autumn 2018 to develop a more detailed plan or funding bid.

If the bid is successful, the first new homes would be built in 2020, with approximately 3,600 homes being built by 2025.

This bid is the first stage of an ambitious plan to develop the Sheffield and Rotherham corridor that could deliver around 18,000 homes on brownfield land and much needed economic regeneration in this area that will benefit both Sheffield and Rotherham.

 

COUNCIL-BACKED INVESTMENT MODEL TO DRIVE FORWARD MAJOR MIXED USE CITY CENTRE SCHEME FOR SHEFFIELD

13 Mar

Sheffield City Council and its strategic development partner, Queensberry, has today announced that the Council will commit as investor to drive forward proposals to complete its transformative city centre regeneration scheme, formerly known as the Sheffield Retail Quarter.

The scheme’s new working title, Heart of the City II, reflects a move away from a pure retail to a mixed use project with a greater focus on high quality residential and office space. It also builds on the neighbouring original Heart of the City regeneration scheme that set a new benchmark for public realm, leisure and grade A offices in the city after the millennium.

If approved at a Cabinet meeting on 21 March, the Council will act as the primary development investor to bring forward 1.5 million square feet of new retail, leisure, grade A office and residential space right in the heart of the city centre.

Heart of the City II, designed by Leonard Design Architects, will feature significant levels will feature significant levels of grade A office space and residential development. This will create a prime new business and lifestyle destination, which will help generate the footfall and spending power that is key to drive the retail and leisure elements of the scheme, including restaurants, cafés and a new contemporary food hall.

Retail will primarily focus on premium operators not already in the city centre. Two 4 or 5-star hotels will also feature, alongside new public squares that will continue Sheffield’s reputation for high quality public realm.

The effect will be to create a new city centre commercial and residential district that enhances Sheffield’s ability to attract business, professional and financial service sector jobs and investment, and to reclaim retail spend that currently leaks out of the city.

The new investment model follows the successful delivery of a 140,000 square feet grade A office building for HSBC with over 60,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Effectively forming Phase One of the scheme, the development is on site and on-track for completion in 2019. HSBC have agreed a 15-year lease and a first major retail let is expected to be announced soon.

Under the new delivery plan, the next phase of three new blocks will be submitted for planning in early summer 2018, with public consultation beginning in April. Construction on the next phase is expected to begin towards the end of 2018.

The Council will initially fund each phase of delivery, with Queensberry providing the design, delivery and lettings expertise. The Council will then either retain phases of the scheme to maintain a long-term income stream from rental, business rates and council tax, or it may dispose of some or all of the scheme on the open market as appropriate, effectively de-risking the development for private sector investors.

The new model is part of a strategy to speed up delivery and retain control of a scheme that has seen significant delays over a number of years after a previous scheme backed by Hammerson didn’t progress in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007.

Following comments received during the 2015 public consultation, Heart of the City II will see existing street patterns retained rather than the demolition and creation of new streets as previously planned. This is considered to have several advantages. Crucially, it simplifies construction plans, enabling the phased delivery of the scheme to progress more quickly.

Retention of the existing streets will also see the current John Lewis store remain in its existing location, which it has occupied since 1963 as a key focal point of the city on Barker’s Pool. Again, this will facilitate speed of delivery of the scheme.

Completion of Heart of the City II is expected to create around 500 construction jobs and the scheme should support between 5,500 and 7,000 jobs once built. It will also stimulate further development within the city centre and attract additional inward investment into Sheffield.

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

“I am delighted to see these new plans come forward which will make such a lasting impact on Sheffield’s retail, leisure and entertainment offer. We believe that these re-shaped and exciting plans position Sheffield brilliantly to deliver an individual and unique scheme that reflects the different ways in which people shop, live and socialise.

“We are seeing schemes come forward across the city and more and more people choosing to live, work and study here. Our entertainment offer after 5pm is thriving. These new plans will see a truly innovative city centre emerging that reflects Sheffield’s changing dynamic.

“We are in exciting talks with major retailers but this is only part of the picture – delivering leisure, entertainment and tourism offers that complement them is what Heart of the City II is all about.

“The scheme has evolved to deliver not just a retail quarter but a new city centre mixed-use, vibrant quarter right in the heart of our city.

“Our commitment to the scheme is already demonstrated by the ongoing construction of HSBC’s impressive new office development and accompanying retail and leisure units. These plans will maintain the momentum we have achieved, create thousands of jobs and place Sheffield firmly in the premier league of UK cities.”

Paul Sargent, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Queensberry, said:

“The focus of Heart of the City II will be to bring new entrants to the city, enhancing the range of choice across the city’s retail, food and drink, hotel and leisure offer. We plan to bring in a mix of high street, premium and boutique brands that offer something new and distinctive.”

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Free bowling taster session for people 50+

12 Mar

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Together Women – International Women’s Day

7 Mar

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