New-look Pepper Pot unveiled for Sheffield’s Heart of the City II scheme

Artist impression for the new-look Pepper Pot

The next stage in Sheffield’s Heart of The City II scheme has taken another step forward, with a planning application being submitted to the local planning authority for approval.

Block C, often referred to as the Pepper Pot, fronts on to Pinstone Street and plans include the retention of the attractive Victorian façade of the existing structure while redeveloping and expanding the building behind it.

Proposals for this block were presented at public consultation events in September. It will feature five retail units on the ground floor and 37,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space on the seven floors above.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “During our public consultation in September, we received very valuable feedback which we have listened to and used to refine proposals for the Pepper Pot.

“While converting into a mix of retail uses and Grade A offices, we are also retaining the striking Pinstone Street façade so as to preserve as much of the city’s heritage as possible. It is an excellent blend of providing for the future while maintaining vistas of our past.

“This development continues the momentum which is seeing the heart of the city changing before our eyes with an innovative mix of retail, residential and office uses as well as stunning public realm improvements that will continue to make Sheffield attractive to businesses and investors.”

Jon Munce, Development Director at Queensberry, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Council on the delivery of Heart of the City II and the progress we are making. Bringing forward the first plans since Phase One is a great milestone for the scheme.

“The Pepper Pot building is a popular one in the city centre and we are confident we have delivered a sensitive yet modern design solution for the block.”

Building on the success of the original Heart of the City scheme, Sheffield City Council approved the 1.5million square foot masterplan in March this year. The scheme will significantly regenerate the area of the city centre sitting between Barker’s Pool, the Peace Gardens and The Moor, creating a dynamic mixed-use district with premium retail and leisure brands, Grade A offices, contemporary residential space and attractive public realm.

Construction on Phase One of the scheme, which was designed by Leonard Design Architects and includes the flagship new HSBC office, is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for fit-out early next year.

More than 250 people attended the two public drop-in sessions as part of the consultation on Block C, which took place at The Art House and Sheffield Winter Garden in September. Visitors were able to view and discuss the proposals with members of the project team and provide feedback that contributed to the finalisation of the plans.

Subject to planning, construction on the new block would commence in spring 2019, with completion expected by the end of 2020.