First phase of £300m Sheffield regeneration gets green light


Sheffield City Council has given the green light for the first phase of an urban regeneration scheme.

Credit: Citu

Developer Citu secured planning permission for phase one of the Attercliffe Waterside project which will see the transformation of the 23-acre brownfield site surrounding the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

The scheme, approved by Sheffield City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee, aims to make the site one of the largest low carbon communities in the UK, which has laid derelict for years.

Before planning was secured, a 2011–2021 Attercliffe Action Plan suggested Attercliffe is ‘at the cliff’ citing broken assets as a potential cause for area decline which was set to worsen. 

The first phase is valued at £100 million with the wider project to cost £300 million.

The scheme plans to deliver around 1,000 homes across three phases as well as leisure and creative spaces.

Phase one will take place on the north side of Sheffield and Tinsley Canal featuring: 

  • 362 homes
  • New public realm
  • New pedestrian bridge across the canal
  • Repurposing of existing buildings
  • Reimaging six historic buildings to include a café, bar, bakery, restaurant, offices and multi-purpose venue.
  • Public and commercial square 
  • Pedestrian and cycling footbridge

Work is expected to begin this autumn on the leisure and commercial elements, ahead of house construction, with it expected to finish by 2030.

Citu’s inhouse team are heading up design while engineering and construction have yet to be confirmed.

The first homes to be built will use a timber-framed housing system, utilising sustainable, low carbon materials for high standards of energy efficiency.

BBC reported Sheffield Council also received £17 million of levelling up money to focus on a Centre for Child Health Technology and a new Adelphi Square, including the old grade II listed cinema, in Attercliffe.

Chris Thompson, founder and co-director from Citu, said: “Phase One of Attercliffe Waterside will kickstart the wider regeneration of Sheffield’s East End.

“The area presents huge opportunities from its location alongside the canal and the River Don, with green space, the Olympic Legacy Park and easy access to the city centre by tram in just ten minutes. 

“We are creating a new community in this beautiful waterside location that will have its own identity; one that pays homage to the area’s rich history but that adapts the landscape to address the various challenges of our day, not least the climate emergency.

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