A public consultation on exciting proposals for a new high quality apartment scheme in the heart of Sheffield is being launched today (April 5).
Residential developers, PLATFORM_ are planning to build a development of up to 350 high-end apartments for rent on a neglected site, currently an open surface car park, next to the Decathlon store in the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ).
Located between Sylvester Street and Mary Street, PLATFORM_ Sheffield will be the company’s first development outside of the south east and their first in a major city outside London.
As part of the development, PLATFORM_ plan to renovate a forgotten and unloved section of the historic Porter Brook running along Mary Street, which is overgrown with Japanese Knotweed and fenced off from the public. The aim is to contribute to improving the environment for the city and local communities by enhancing and opening up access to the Porter Brook, alongside creating a new residential community for the area.
Aimed at the non-student market, the residential development would see two blocks constructed. The blocks begin at 5-6 stories nearest to the existing lower rise buildings of the CIQ, rising to a taller building at the far end of the site next to Decathlon of 14 stories on the edge of the conservation area. Construction materials across the development have been specifically chosen to match the character of the area.
Facilities for residents include a gym, roof terrace and lounges. The development will be largely car free aside from a small number of spaces for people with a disability. Instead, cycle racks will be available for residents and visitors alike.
The development will also feature smaller business spaces targeted at the independent and creative industries that are increasingly being attracted to the CIQ.
Director of PLATFORM_ Matt Willcock, said: “PLATFORM_ Sheffield will provide the city with a new, permanent residential community right in the heart of the city. Our development will provide the type of high quality accommodation and facilities for the non-student market that are currently lacking in the city, helping to add vibrancy to the CIQ and city centre all year.
“We don’t build and sell on our developments. We will manage the development ourselves and are in it for the long term. We include an onsite concierge in all our developments and we are committed to being a good neighbour. That’s why we also want to give something to the wider neighbourhood by renovating a section of the Porter Brook, bringing it back up to standard for the whole city to enjoy.
“By adding footfall to the area, we are confident our development will help to support existing small businesses in the area and stimulate new ones, helping to build a dynamic and welcoming community in the CIQ.
“We see Sheffield as an increasingly dynamic and growing city with huge potential, which is why we have chosen it over Leeds and Manchester for our first development outside the south east.”
The consultation will run from 6th April, closing on the 27th April. The proposals can be viewed and commented on via the following:
- Online at platform-sheffield.co.uk
- Via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or by calling 0114 252 1174.
A Planning application is likely to be submitted this spring, with construction likely to start by the end of the year if approved.