Sheffield City Council / Queensberry
Located at the heart of Sheffield City Centre, the redevelopment of Block H within the Heart of the City masterplan will bind together old and new fabric. Existing street patterns and the best of the existing buildings will be maintained, while additional permeability, striking new architecture and outdoor spaces will stitch the site together and create a destination quarter for Sheffield, full of local businesses, events, socialising and vibrant character.
The development is split into three distinct elements. Elshaw House will be a brand-new low carbon office building offering 70,000 sqft of Grade A space, and an impressive south-facing roof terrace with stunning views of the city. Independent retail and food and beverage units will help to bring vitality to street level on all sides of the building.
The Cambridge Street Collective includes the Grade II Listed Bethel Sunday School and street facing elevations of the old Henry’s buildings. These will be enclosed at their rear with a large new build industrial style volume housing afood hall, restaurant and rooftop bar, creating much needed socialising spaces within the city. The existing Bethel Chapel building will also be renovated, with plans for it to become a live entertainment venue.
The site is also home to Leah’s Yard – a Grade II* Listed building that once housed a collection of small, former industrial workshops. The proposal is to bring these units back into sustainable use as a home for the city’s next creative generation. Additional supporting accommodation and restaurant space will be provided within a new build extension behind and to the south of the old Tap and Tankard façade that will connect into Leah’s Yard.
Our approach recognises the significance of the Cambridge Street frontages as a collection, and the story they tell of how the area has developed over nearly 200 years.
By celebrating and working with elements of the existing fabric that contribute to the setting of Cambridge Street, we will create a place that is distinctly ‘of Sheffield’. Contemporary new buildings will be inserted and situated next to the existing fabric to create permeable routes through the site, new areas of public realm and the cultural and social anchor of the Heart of the City scheme.