colloco founder Tim talks about the creation of Sheffield’s unique places to work, live and play.
In my last column, I started with a reference to my ultra-positive Twitter bio so I’ve decided to stick with the social media theme and start my latest Property Talks with a hashtag – #AmazingSpaces.
TV presenter George Clarke may have shown us all kinds of unique places on his Channel 4 series, but Sheffield has its own collection of #amazingspaces to work, live and socialise right here on our doorstep.
A former cutlery factory reinvented as an uber-cool food hall, a rundown nightclub reawakened as a student hangout and a steel works turned trendy bar would surely all be worthy of featuring on George Clarke’s amazing spaces?
We’ve got some incredibly unique buildings which represent Sheffield’s past and at colloco we’re proud to be helping breathe new life into them for the future.
Eagle Works is our trophy building at Kelham Island. The stunning listed building overlooking the river Don is beautiful inside and out. The site is renowned for making stuff and has done since 1835. We’re working to make it a creative juggernaut once again by attracting creative companies to this creative hub.
It comes with all the modern features that you’d expect, but we’ve kept a lot of the old to make it a truly unique space – think exposed brickwork, original beams and columns.
Or how about Alsop Fields? It’s made up of four distinct buildings that together form a community redevelopment linked by a new Riverside Walk and vibrant landscaped courtyard spaces. Once an old factory, amazing Alsop Fields combines bars, restaurants, cafes, offices and accommodation. Eighty-five per cent of the 30,000 sq ft of commercial space has already been let – to estate agents Redbrik, creative agencies Jaywing and HR Media, law firm Shoosmiths and Birdhouse Tea Company – making it fast become one of the most vibrant and exciting places to be in Sheffield, whether to live, work or socialise.
And one of the most #amazingspaces created this year has to be Cutlery Works. Once a premises for all things knives and forks, the building as been revived as a “giant kitchen” building on the site’s history and heritage.
The high-end, independent food hall is the largest of its kind in the North of England bringing yet another unique dining experience to Sheffield. Split over two floors, the 14,000 sq ft space has been transformed to house a hive of the city’s best independent foodie outlets and bars.
We will be bringing more #amazingspaces to the market with the launch of the second phase at Park Hill, too.
So, George, if you’re planning another series of Amazing Spaces soon, make sure Sheffield is on your radar.