Major work to construct Sheffield city centre’s new flagship Radisson Blu hotel, part of the £480 million Heart of the City development programme, has begun this week.

The hotel scheme, designed by HLM Architects, will provide ground floor retail and restaurant space, a high-end lifestyle hotel and rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the Peace Gardens.

In addition to the new hotel, the wider Heart of the City scheme is delivering Grade A office space, residential developments, restaurants and cafés, leisure destinations, retail and stunning public realm.

The arrival of Radisson Blu in Sheffield will help attract new business opportunities to the city, while raising its profile as a major destination for business and travel.

Accommodating visitors with facilities for both work and relaxation, the hotel will be housed behind the facades of Palatine Chambers and City Mews. Replacing Barkers Pool House on Burgess Street will be a second building, containing the majority of the hotel’s 154 bedrooms.

Serving to enhance Sheffield’s social scene, a rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace is also planned for the hotel, which will look out over the Peace Gardens. Upmarket ground-level retail and food and beverage units are included in the plans. Delia Harmston, studio director at HLM Architects said: “As the economy restarts, our city centres will play a more important role than ever in ensuring the vitality and prosperity of communities throughout the UK.

“It is exciting to see this project move forward to the next stage, as it is set to breathe new life into Sheffield’s city centre while celebrating its unique heritage and positioning this community to thrive for years to come.”


OVO Spaces completes showroom fit-out for Bakewell-based Criterium Cycles

Award winning Sheffield commercial interior design and fit-out specialist OVO Spaces has completed work on a new Peak District showroom for Criterium Cycles.

Criterium Cycles was established in Edinburgh in 2013 by brothers Paul and Richard Bowker.

Now the company has come to the famous Peak District town of Bakewell, with a state-of-the-art customer showroom at the Riverside Business Park.

Work on converting and preparing the unit for opening was carried out by the team at OVO Spaces.

OVO Spaces managing director Rebecca Knight said: “We were delighted to be working on a project that brings such an exciting and respected industry name to the Peak District.

“We have created a space that shows off the full Criterium range at its very best and we look forward to developing our working relationship with Richard and Paul as their brand expands.”

Richard Bowker CBE, co-founder of Criterion Cycles said: “The facility and showroom we have designed and created with OVO Space is modern, light and spacious and allows us to showcase all our products and brands really well.

“We are thrilled with the end result and know our customers will be too.”