Outline planning granted for Urbo’s £175m West Bar Square development
Acting on behalf of Urbo Regeneration, HOW Planning has secured outline planning consent 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 3,500 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 to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place in Sheffield scale, linking the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside district.
The West Bar Square scheme has been designed by 5plus architects and masterplanners 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 advised upon and co-ordinated the planning application process and Environmental Impact Assessment.
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.”
Said Jon Suckley, Partner at HOW Planning: “Sheffield has been through a period of significant transformation over the past 10-15 years, something which has been shaped and encouraged by the city council. The West Bar Square site has been identified as an area for comprehensive mixed use development within Sheffield’s Core Strategy and approval of these proposals will allow Urbo Regeneration to make further progress within the city.”
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.