A cultural gathering of Sheffield’s best flavours, sights and sounds
* Following the completion of Heart of the City II in 2024.
Programme set for completion in 2024.
Sheffield A city of ambition, energy and creativity
A regional capital at the centre of an ambitious Northern economy, Sheffield has become one of the boldest and most inspiring cities in the UK.
Home to 600,000 people, Sheffield’s demographic accurately reflects the makeup of the entire UK – making it the perfect location to launch new products, brands and experiences.
Supported by its two world class universities, the city is making a global impact in the digital engineering and design sectors, attracting one of the youngest and brightest workforces in the UK. It is home to 63,000 students – from home and abroad – who contribute significantly to the vibrancy of the city centre, where academia sits naturally alongside commerce and public life.
A highly skilled workforce is growing younger whilst increasing in both size and expertise. Sheffield attracts and retains the brightest and best, providing home to those seeking out opportunity, putting down roots and raising families.
Life is defined by its quality. Sheffield is the Outdoor City, attracting 17 million visitors a year thanks to some of the finest countryside in the UK, including the Peak District national park.
Our vibrant independent cultural scene of food, drink, arts and live music can rival any large European city.
Heart of the City II
Heart of the City II is delivering Sheffield city centre its long-awaited commercial, leisure, retail and residential focal point. Building on the success of the original Heart of the City project, the 1.5million sq ft development will transform this area of the city centre into a dynamic mixed-use district that will help attract more jobs and investment, and ultimately, make Sheffield an even more rewarding place to live, work and study.
Sheffield City Council and its strategic development partner, Queensberry, are now delivering this vision, which includes proposals for premium retail brands, Grade A offices, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, urban living, boutique hotels and attractive public spaces.
Rather than creating brand new streets from scratch, the scheme follows the site’s existing street patterns, helping to better integrate and complement other key districts such as The Moor, Fargate, Barkers’ Pool and the Devonshire
Quarter. It is also advantageously located equidistant between Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield.
The scheme embraces the retention of the city’s heritage, including the preservation of the key frontages along Pinstone Street and Cambridge Street, plus the restoration of the historic Leah’s Yard.
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 completed.
Introducing Block H
Located between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, the Block H site features some of the most interesting historic buildings within the masterplan area, including Leah’s Yard, Bethel Chapel and Bethel Sunday School.
With its heritage and historic character, Block H will be the cultural and social anchor of Heart of the City II, with spaces to encourage human interaction, creativity and artistic expression – a true meeting place in the heart of our city.
Plans include the preservation and sympathetic restoration of the quality fabric and façades along Cambridge Street and Wellington Street. The historic buildings fronting these streets will be kept with internal adaptations and reconstruction carried out where necessary to bring them back into use.
A large extent of Carver Street, Wellington Street and Backfields is proposed to be pedestrianised, creating an accessible and unique destination for people to gather, meet, work and shop.
The Block H proposals are split into three distinct elements (H1, H2 and H3).
H1 is Leah’s Yard – a Grade II* listed building housing a collection of small former ‘Little Mesters’ industrial workshops with a fascinating history. Structural repair and renewal works will be carried out by the Council over the summer of 2020. The ambition is for this to become a hive of activity with maker space; studios; quirky retail and cafes sitting around a characterful cobbled courtyard.
Part of H3, Bethel Chapel, fronting Cambridge Street, is proposed as a 15,000 sq ft venue for entertainment, music, comedy and other events.
H2 has been designed to minimise operational energy, emitting around 40% less carbon than a typical Building Regulations compliant design. 70,000 sq ft of Grade A office space – serving 750 employees – is split across seven upper floors and includes an impressive south facing roof terrace. The visually striking, dark coloured metal building takes inspiration from Sheffield’s celebrated industrial past.
Cambridge Street Collective
Nestled behind the Cambridge Street frontage of the Bethel Chapel, the Bethel Sunday School and the identifiable corner building that was once occupied by Henry’s bar, the H3 block (or "Cambridge Street Collective") is all about creating a destination for people to meet, socialise, eat, drink and be entertained.
A stunning, industrial-style space of circa 20,000 sq ft will be a social and communal destination in the heart of the city. It will also have a roof terrace visible from Pinstone Street and would incorporate the historic character of Bethel Sunday School on Cambridge Street and the former Brewhouse on Wellington Street. It will be a cultural hub where Sheffield's best sights, sounds and flavours all come together under one roof – attracting families, workers, students, residents, shoppers and tourists.
In addition to the eateries and bars, Cambridge Street Collective should encourage other popular social, wellbeing and family uses. Ancillary retail uses would also be appropriate and potentially a microbrewery. The external units on the Wellington Street and Cambridge Street frontages are envisaged as being occupied by separate restaurants, but retail uses may also be considered.
Cambridge Street Collective will hold a licence to be open until midnight and feature four separate entrances. A new public square, with the potential for dedicated external seating, will interlink the space to additional restaurants and lifestyle shops fronting Backfields, an entertainment venue in the former Bethel Chapel building, Leah’s Yard and the new office building – providing quality public space and external seating for meeting, dining and socialising.
We are appointed to secure a head tenant/ operator for the building. The selected party will be responsible for promoting, managing and subletting the internal space to a range of individual occupiers and will also be responsible for licensing curating events and social activities. The Council is seeking more than just eateries and bars.
The building has been designed to an advanced stage of shell and core and these works will be carried out by the Council. See separate specification/ technical pack. The details of fit out (including plant and extraction) will be worked up with the selected tenant. The responsibility for costs of these works will need to be agreed as part of the selection process as the Council is willing to consider funding the fit out with the selected tenant in return for a higher rental and or a profit/revenue share.
Parties will need to confirm in their submission what works they require to be done to the building and also confirm if and how they would propose to structure any profit/ revenue share.
Timeframe and submissions
Formal marketing of the property is to commence on Monday 6th July.
Offers are to be submitted by Friday 28th August to the retained agents by way of an Offer Form which will be available from the agents. In the meantime a data room is available (contact Dan Davies below).
The Offer Form requests detailed information on the financial offer; proposals for use and operational plans; initial proposals for fit out, including responsibility for funding of the works; track record of the bidder; programme of works and indicative opening date; confirmation of funding source and availability. Parties are also able to submit further information and documents to support their bid.
The proposals will be assessed both in terms of quality, timing of delivery and financial offers along with wider economic and social benefits.
Proposals will need to demonstrate a track record of delivering projects of this nature and how their use will fit in within the Heart of the City development and the wider city.
Please note shortlisted parties could be asked to submit further information to support their proposal and will be invited to attend an interview.
All three elements of Block H (CSC, Bethel Chapel, Leah’s Yard) other than H2 (the office building) are being marketed at the same time and whilst the Council’s preference is for separate offers for each, submissions for more than one part will be considered.
For further information
Please contact Metis Real Estate Advisors. or Distrkt Camilla Topham (M: +44 (0)7809 873 832 firstname.lastname@example.org