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Outline planning consent granted for West Bar Square

2017 Feb 14

Outline planning consent granted for West Bar Square

Outline planning consent has been granted for Sheffield’s £175 million mixed-use West Bar Square development – marking another milestone for the ambitious regeneration scheme which will create up to 5,000 jobs.

Permission has been granted by the city council for delivery of a flexible masterplan comprising up to 1.4m sq.ft. of prominent city centre space with frontage to Sheffield’s inner relief road.

Local developers, Urbo Regeneration, can now continue to progress negotiations with potential occupiers and investors for the proposed offices, high quality PRS apartment blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, and retail units to be constructed on the site. Consent has also been granted for associated landscaped public spaces within the development.

The granting of outline planning consent for West Bar Square presents another significant step forward for both the scheme and regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District. The area is already home to some 3500 jobs with employers such as the Home Office, Courts, Irwin Mitchell and other large occupiers.

Late last year it was announced that Peveril Securities, the development arm of Bowmer & Kirkland Group, had been secured as the delivery partner for West Bar Square. The joint venture saw the creation of the new company, Urbo (West Bar) Ltd, formalising the partnership to deliver the project as a whole.

More than half the scheme will be office space, providing jobs for up to 5,000 workers. It is anticipated that West Bar Square will deliver large floorplate modern office space, currently lacking within the Sheffield property market, with the aim of attracting further major private and public sector employers to Sheffield City Centre.

The proposed office units will focus around the new West Bar Square, a major landscaped space comparable in scale to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place in Sheffield, linking the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside district.

The West Bar Square scheme has been designed by 5plus architects and master planners Urbed, and was developed working in conjunction with officers at Sheffield City Council to ensure the completed scheme will form a distinctive new extension of Sheffield City Centre. How Planning Consultants advised upon and co-ordinated the planning application process.

Peter Swallow, Managing Director of Urbo Regeneration said: “The granting of outline planning consent represents another key milestone for the West Bar Square project and brings this ambitious scheme closer to delivery. Working in partnership with our delivery partner, Peveril Securities, I am confident we will be able to secure occupiers and investors and move forward with detailed planning applications for individual buildings in 2017.”

Ralph Jones, Managing Director of Peveril Securities Limited and Main Board Director of Bowmer & Kirkland added: “The receipt of planning consent is excellent news, and now allows us to progress through the development process and continue our Group’s involvement with Sheffield on this exciting scheme.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and cabinet member for business and economy, said: “This comprehensive proposed development continues the excellent regeneration in the Riverside area of the city. West Bar Square is a long-standing large office project, started by the Council, that will grow the economy of the city centre. New housing opportunities and a high-quality public realm will connect the core of the city centre to Kelham Island and complement the award-winning Grey to Green landscaping project.”

The site assembly and clearance process is already underway with a view to enabling the earliest possible start on site, subject to planning approval for individual building designs once investors are secured.

BNP Paribas and Knight Frank have been appointed as joint agents for West Bar Square. Their details, together with information about the development, can be found at www.westbarsquare.com.

 
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Joint venture announced to deliver £175m West Bar Square

2016 Oct 13

Joint venture announced to deliver £175m West Bar Square

Peveril Securities, the development arm of Bowmer & Kirkland Group, has been announced as the delivery partner for Sheffield’s £175m premier mixed-use development, West Bar Square.

 Local developer Urbo Regeneration has worked closely with project partners Sheffield City Council in finalising the joint venture deal with Bowmer & Kirkland. The creation of the new company, Urbo (West Bar) Ltd, formalises the partnership to deliver West Bar Square.

 Bowmer & Kirkland is one of the UK’s most successful privately-owned construction, engineering and development a groups. Already active in Sheffield as the lead contractor on many major projects, including Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, St Paul’s Place and the New Era development; Bowmer & Kirkland brings substantial financial backing and large-scale construction experience to the partnership.

The announcement follows the recently submitted Outline Planning Application for West Bar Square and marks another major project milestone.

West Bar Square has been designed to provide up to 700,000sq ft of office space and 500,000 sq ft of residential apartments together with restaurants, cafés, shops and high quality landscaped areas.

The masterplan for West Bar Square has been designed by Urbo’s award winning team, 5plus architects and Urbed, working closely with Sheffield City Council to ensure the completed scheme will form a distinctive new extension of Sheffield City Centre.

The project will create a series of office and residential buildings focused around the new West Bar Square. This major landscaped space, comparable to Millennium Square in scale, will link Sheffield’s Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside and provide a vibrant mixed-use environment.

Ralph Jones, Managing Director of Peveril Securities Limited and Main Board Director of Bowmer & Kirkland said: “We are thrilled to enter into this JV with Urbo on such an exciting scheme.  This will enable us to bring our development and construction expertise to the project, together with our financial strength. We are looking forward to a continued working relationship with Sheffield.

Urbo’s Managing Director Peter Swallow said: “We are delighted that Bowmer & Kirkland is on board as Urbo’s delivery partner. Our ambitious West Bar Square scheme will transform Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, providing a site easily able to provide for the very largest office space requirements.

“We have worked tirelessly with Sheffield City Council over the last 12 months to secure the partnership and we are now well placed to forge ahead with the development of the site.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and cabinet member for business and economy said: “Sheffield City Centre has a crucial role to play as the commercial business district for the city and wider City Region, delivering jobs and helping to create the diverse economy we need to thrive.  West Bar Square will significantly strengthen the city’s status as a key location for business and professional services, supported by improvements made in the area such as Grey to Green and the recently-completed Love Square.”

BNP Paribas and Knight Frank have been appointed as joint agents for West Bar Square. Their details, together with information about the development, can be found at www.westbarsquare.com.

 


 
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Plans submitted for Sheffield’s £175 million West Bar Square dev

2016 Jul 11

Plans submitted for Sheffield’s £175 million West Bar Square dev

Development company Urbo has submitted plans for an ambitious £175 million mixed-use regeneration scheme at West Bar, Sheffield, to be known as West Bar Square. The project will create up to 1.4million sq.ft. of prominent space fronting Sheffield’s inner relief road. 

More than half the scheme will be office space, providing jobs for up to 5,000 workers. The application also includes plans for high quality apartment blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, retail units and landscaped public spaces.

The submission of the outline planning application for West Bar Square presents a significant step forward in the regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, which already contains major employers such as the Home Office and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.

The scheme comprises 10 buildings, each with self-contained parking. The plots have been conceived with flexibility in mind in terms of use, exact scale, design and the ability to combine these areas to create larger buildings, if required. 

The proposed office units will focus around the new West Bar Square, a major landscaped space comparable to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place in scale, linking the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside.

Key design principles of the scheme include connectivity with the Cathedral Quarter, Kelham Island and the Riverside areas of Sheffield City Centre and features buildings and spaces of excellent design quality and sustainability.

This hotly anticipated development was announced last year by Urbo, who have redesigned the previously consented Castlemore scheme to create a more vibrant and deliverable project. The three large towers previously included have been reduced in scale and greater emphasis placed on a high quality series of buildings and spaces for people to occupy and enjoy.

The new site masterplan has been designed by Urbo’s award winning team, 5plus architects and Urbed. Manchester-based HOW Planning provided planning and environmental advice, co-ordinating and preparing the Environmental Statement for the scheme.  It has been developed in conjunction with project partners Sheffield City Council to ensure the completed scheme will form a distinctive new extension of Sheffield City Centre.

Site assembly and clearance is already underway with a view to enabling the earliest possible start on site subject to planning approval.

Urbo’s Managing Director Peter Swallow said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers. There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment”

Jon Suckley, Partner at HOW Planning commented: “Sheffield has been through a period of significant transformation over the past 10-15 years and West Bar Square will further enhance the city, providing an iconic, mixed use development. Given the character of the surrounding areas there is significant merit in transforming the site into a significant destination, creating a thriving new district which will act as a gateway to the city centre.”

BNP Paribas and Knight Frank have been appointed as joint agents for West Bar Square. Their details, together with information about the development, can be found at www.westbarsquare.com.

 
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Open Exhibition Today

2015 Jun 15

Open Exhibition Today

The proposals for the excitng £150 million West Bar Square scheme are being displayed today at Bank Street Arts Studio from 10.00am – 7.00pm.

Visitors will be welcomed to the exhibition by member of the design team from URBED. At the exhibition you will be able to find out more about the masterplan for the scheme, give feedback on the proposals as well as talk to the team from URBED and members of Sheffield City Council.

If you can’t make it, then you can view the exhibition boards online here:

We'd love to hear what you think about the scheme and there are a number of ways you can provide feedabck: either in person at the exhibition, completing an online questionnaire or contacting Emily Crompton directly at URBED by phone on 0161 200 5500 or email emily@urbed.com.


 
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Come and see the West Bar Square proposals!

2015 Jun 03

Come and see the West Bar Square proposals!

Date:   Monday 15 June 2015

Time: 10am – 7pm

Venue:   Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS

For a chance to comment on the updated proposals for West Bar Square, people are invited to come along to the public consultation day on Monday 15 June 2015. It's an open exhibition and everyone is invited.

At the consultation, there will be the opportunity to view an exhibition about the masterplan and provide feedback on future development.  Members of the design and consultancy team, as well as the council, will also be available to answer questions.

If you’re unable to make the public consultation, exhibition material online and feedback can be given via an online questionnaire. The exhibition boards and questionnaire will be available from Monday 15 June at www.westbarsquare.com/news

URBED is providing urban design expertise for the scheme and is responsible for the public consultation.

For any enquiries regarding the consultation on the scheme please contact Emily at URBED on 0161 200 5500 or email emily@urbed.com

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Peter Swallow or Andy Dainty,
Directors, Urbo Regeneration Ltd.

36 The Bridge Business Centre
Beresford Way
Chesterfield S41 9FG
Tel:  01246 260206
Fax: 01246 260237
Email: info@westbarsquare.com


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