Work starts transforming prominent retail unit in Sheffield city centre

Yorkshire construction company Harris CM has started work on a £1.5million refurbishment project that will see a well-known building in Sheffield city centre transformed into a new retail environment.

The work at 45-47 Fargate, on behalf of Wakefield-based Woodhead Investments and Development Services, includes the installation of a new façade with new cladding and glazing, as well as the creation of a roof terrace, kitchen, seating space, storage areas, WC facilities, platform lift and new stairwell.

Once complete, the building, previously occupied by Next, will offer more than 6,800 sq ft of space as well as a 667 sq ft terrace and appeal to a wide range of retail businesses and leisure operators.

Harris CM CEO Jason Adlam said: “This development demonstrates continued confidence in Sheffield as a retail centre and leisure destination. It also complements the wider regeneration happening on Fargate, which is benefiting from a multi-million-pound makeover, following Sheffield’s successful bid to the Government’s High Street Fund.”

The scheme’s Yorkshire-based project team also includes professional consultancy firm Austin Fletcher, Pearce Bottomley Architects, Eastwood & Partners Consulting Engineers and M&E specialist, Silcock Leedham.


Chesterfield’s first Property and Construction Group launched

A pioneering Chesterfield Property and Construction Group has been launched at the annual Celebrate Chesterfield event.

The new group, which is organised by Destination Chesterfield, brings together leaders from the area’s property and construction sectors to shape and drive forward collaboration, investment, sustainability, and skills within Chesterfield.

It is chaired by Andy Dabbs, architect and board director at Chesterfield-based Whittam Cox Architects which is behind the town’s £19.9 million Northern Gateway Development project.

He explained: “Within the new group there’s a diverse range of talent – architects, construction specialists, landowners and developers – a true collective who have joined forces for the good of the town and to benefit everyone living here.

“We’re all passionate about Chesterfield and what it has to offer everyone living and working here. It’s full of potential, it’s perfectly located, and offers a plethora of independent shops and hotels and collectively we shall be flying the flag for the town not only locally but regionally and nationally through our individual networks.”

The new Chesterfield Property and Construction Group is one of a number of sector-specific Destination Chesterfield groups, including the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Manufacturing Forum, which share a vision to make the town an attractive place to live, work and invest in.

The action-focused Chesterfield Property and Construction Group meets quarterly. The next meeting, which is free to attend, will be held virtually on Wednesday 16 June.


Further expansion for X-Cel Superturn with new facility

A South Yorkshire manufacturing company specialising in producing precision machined components for the renewables, defence and oil and gas industries has acquired the freehold of a second site.

The move follows the purchase of assets from Newburgh Precision Engineering Ltd which had operated from a leased 90,000 sq foot facility, Newburgh House, in Rotherham, in January 2019.

In January 2021, in a £7.15m deal facilitated by Banner Jones, X-Cel Superturn acquired the freehold of Newburgh House, now known as Vector House, including over an acre of development land.

X-Cel Group chairman, Andrew Taylor, said: “We now own two of the best engineering facilities in South Yorkshire and we will continue to invest heavily in new plant, equipment and training. Our company is very committed to the area as it provides an excellent technically skilled and loyal workforce and good transport links.”

Stephen Gordon, head of the business legal services team at Banner Jones, added: “This is another exciting development for X-Cel Superturn, which has expanded at pace in recent years to accommodate new work and projects that are further adding to the credibility of the region as a centre of excellence for manufacturing and engineering across Europe.”