Sheffield Offices – An award winning ‘love it or loathe it’ building in Sheffield is offering a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to capitalise on its controversial profile.
The prominent, iconic ‘cheese grater’ car park forms part of the £130 million Heart of the City project and features a 7,500 sq ft ground floor space ideal for use as either retail, office or leisure use.
A striking £16 million piece of architecture at Arundel Gate, the building has become a significant beacon of Sheffield’s regeneration and an example of the variety and quality of design that has emerged in and around the city.
Tim Bottrill, partner in the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, which is marketing the unit, said: “The building is aimed at providing facilities for the nearby St Paul’s office and the city centre and has been a talking point since its inception. It certainly created a buzz when it went up.
“The building is visible from much of the city. The intelligent lighting design brings the building to life at night time while the design capitalises on space, making it suitable for a variety of uses.
“The new and regenerated builds in the heart of the city benefit from unmatched access to target audiences from nearby residents, the business and theatre district, city centre shopping and transport networks – providing the ideal location for businesses looking to attract a high footfall.”
The buildings within the heart of the city are among the highest specification accommodation ever built in Sheffield. They have created a high quality and vibrant business and leisure facilities alongside quality modern living spaces such as City Lofts.
The 550-space multi-storey car park and ground floor space, built on the site of the old Yorkshire Grey pub, was designed by London-based architects Allies and Morrison, and the distinctive facade is made up of reflective aluminium plates.
The Heart of the City Project in Sheffield has already delivered transformational public realm projects including the Peace Gardens, Millennium Galleries and the Winter Gardens as well as the 4-star Mercure St Paul’s Hotel.
It has also become a prestigious business address. St Paul’s Place office number one is home to legal services organisation DLA Piper and banking group RBS. Office number two was occupied this summer by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
The high specification buildings sit alongside the 32-storey City Lofts residential complex of 316 apartments due for completion in August 2010.
Sheffield One, a partnership of Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Forward and English Partnerships, was the urban regeneration company tasked with spearheading the project and the city’s renaissance.
Tim added: “Sheffield city centre has undergone a period of radical change and has made great strides towards achieving a shared vision of creating a successful, distinctive city with opportunities for all. That success is dependent on having a vibrant and impressive portfolio of businesses and office and retail accommodation.”
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