Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide programme, project, cost and procurement management support for the new £480m retail quarter in the heart of Sheffield City Centre.
Propelling Sheffield into the ranks of Britain’s top 10 retail destinations, the new 900,000ft2 scheme will be retail led but will also include more than 200,000 ft2 dedicated to residential and office space.
Appointed by Sheffield City Council, the consultancy will deploy its expertise and leadership to the Council and its stakeholders to develop the tailored solutions required to deliver this key regeneration project for the City. It is anticipated the retail development will be fully complete in 2021 with the initial phase opening for trading by the end of 2019.
The retail quarter’s modern design will be influenced by the local architectural style – meeting the changing demands of the retail sector in the 21st Century.
Building on its commercial portfolio, alongside a strong track record in the public sector, Turner & Townsend was well positioned to work with Sheffield City Council.
Jon White, UK managing director at Turner & Townsend, said:“The new retail quarter is another important step in Sheffield’s vision of becoming an economic hub in northern England, and we look forward to helping the city achieve its aspirations successfully.”
Sheffield City Council director of capital and major projects Nalin Seneviratne added: “These new plans provide a navigable, varied and attractive new shopping district for Sheffield city centre.
“The design merges with Sheffield’s award winning public realm and world renowned cultural assets – including The Crucible and The Lyceum theatres – and unites key retail pitches in the city centre from The Moor through to Fargate.
“This will consolidate an enhanced retail offer and also provide for food and beverage, office and residential to extend the attraction as an evening entertainment destination.”
The Sheffield Retail Quarter development, which will create around 2,500 jobs, could be 80% complete by 2019. It is hoped the project will bring in around £291m a year in additional retail spend to the city.