Friday, February 3, 2023

Sheffield shipping container scheme to be dismantled

The containers on Sheffield’s Fargate, hosting shops, bars and restaurants, are set to be dismantled from Monday, January 30 after being beleaguered with controversy over cost and delays in their initial opening.

The Council says businesses currently operating inside have been informed of its intentions to close the container complex by the end of the month.

The dismantling process will take several weeks and will be completed in time for Future High Streets Fund work to begin.

Councillors are set to decide the future use for the containers – which were hoped to attract people back to the Fargate area of town again – at Strategy and Resources Committee on Tuesday, January 24. An outline of the options will be presented in a report to the Committee.

Ajman Ali, executive director of operational services, said: “We have learned several lessons from this project and, while we’re disappointed it has not gone as we had hoped, we’re so pleased several brilliant independent businesses from Sheffield were able to raise their profile within the city.

“We have drawn up a range of options for the future of the containers which will be presented to Councillors this month and look forward to having a clear direction for the future – whatever their decision is.

“We will also be conducting an internal audit report about the project to highlight lessons for the future and apply that learning to future projects.”

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