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.

“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.”

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. It forms one of Sheffield’s key economic projects, led by Sheffield City Council alongside its Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry.

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.

It was also announced that McLaughlin & Harvey, the construction firm that worked on the recent renovation of The Moor, has been appointed on the flagship Radisson Blu hotel development on Pinstone Street.

A key element of the Heart of the City programme, 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 stylish facilities for both work and relaxation, the hotel will be housed behind the charming facades of Palatine Chambers and City Mews. Replacing Barkers Pool House on Burgess Street will be a second complementary 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 another promising feature of the new development, set to enliven this prominent location on Pinstone Street.

A commitment to preserving Sheffield’s Victorian heritage has been integral to the development of the proposals. Designed by HLM Architects out of its Sheffield Studio, the retention of Pinstone Street’s historic facades and the incorporation of complementary materials and colours will ensure the new development reflects the city’s strong historic identity.

The phased demolition for Barker’s Pool House is expected to get underway towards the end of June, with the entire programme expected to be compete in summer 2023.

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. Pivotal to this vision is making sure that schemes are centred around people and focused on sustainability and wellbeing. 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.”

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