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Sheffield District at a glance
Area 368 sq km Education
Population % students achieving Grades A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent) 2006
Male 260,800 48.5
Female 265,000 No of businesses (vat registered)
Total 525,200 End 2005 11,620
Population per sq km (England=390) 1,429 Property
Population change 1981-2006 -4.0% Housing completions 2006/07 1,132
Gross value added (per head) 2004 (England=£17,532) Average rent £ per sq ft
£15,257 Office Market £18.50
Economically active (% of working age) Retail Market £230.00
Jan 2006-Dec 2006 74.2 Industrial Market £5.25
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Striking new five storey office building comprising a total floor space of 61,170 sq. ft. There
are two reception areas which allow the building to be let/sold to a single occupier or split
accordingly (horizontally or vertically) to meet occupiers needs. The building is located on
the riverside and benefits from good public transport accessibility. It is positioned close to the
inner ring road with further access to the motorway network via the Parkway (A630/A57)
to Junction 33 of the M1. External car parking is available on site to client specification.
SHEFFIELD DIGITAL CAMPUS
The 600,000sq ft. development comprises three phases. Phase 1 includes two buildings
of 50,000sq ft. each, ready for occupation in Autumn 2008. One will be available to let,
the other is Electric Works, the serviced office centre providing accommodation for growing
digital, creative and media businesses. Located six miles from J33 of the M1 in the Cultural
Industries Quarter. It is in the heart of the city’s transportation system and within one
minute’s walk of the city’s retail and leisure precincts. Secure basement parking is available.
THE SQUARE, CASTLEGATE
The mixed-use development is located at the head of the Parkway (A57) offering easy
access to motorway networks and the City Centre. Phase One is complete, including a
114 bed Travelodge Hotel and secure car park with 40,000 sq ft office building. Phase
Two of the scheme is underway, with Office Two – a six storey office building offering
40,000 sq ft of available space. Office Three will be completed by the end of 2008, the
fourth and fifth office buildings scheduled for completion in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
This new mixed use scheme is situated at the South West gateway to Sheffield City
Centre and is due for completion mid 2008. The office development will incorporate
an 11 storey building with 8 storeys of high specification office accommodation, totalling
58,125 sq ft (5,400 sq m) and a 4 storey car park, alongside a new 120 bedroom Tulip
Inn Hotel. City Gate S1 will offer flexible large open floor plates of up to 7,642 sq ft
(710 sq m) accessed from a 3 storey reception hall.
FURNIVAL SQUARE (OFFICE WORLD SITE)
This multi-million pound mixed use project, located between the city centre and the
Cultural Industries Quarter will be Sheffield's tallest office development for more than
30 years with a 15 storey grade-A office building. The development offers 7,500-
10,000sq ft floor space, a 254-bed hotel plus 14,000 sq ft of leisure and retail space.
Knight Frank Sheffield sold the site to developer McAleer & Rushe who are currently
developing the derelict area into premium office, hotel, retail and leisure space.
HEART OF THE CITY – ST PAULS PLACE
St Paul's Place is a new mixed use business quarter currently under construction.
Located in the Heart of the City, between the Peace Gardens and the award winning
Winter Garden, St Paul's Place No1 is already complete and home to DLA Piper and
RBS. Pre-let opportunities now exist for No 2 (66,160 sq ft) and No 3 (84,964 sq ft).
The high specification buildings will sit alongside a 32-storey residential tower,
550 space multi-storey car park and the recently opened 4* St Paul's Hotel.
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Sheffield’s grand ambitions reach fruition
RIGHT ARTIST IMPRESSION OF
THE NEW BUSINESS DISTRICT
Sheffield’s grand ambitions to re-establish itself as a by- long-standing businesses such as manufacturing.
word for an excellent place to work and an even better In terms of physical results, nothing embodies the
place to live have been long in the planning and are region’s new-found confidence more than the Leopold
much-anticipated. Square development.
These ambitions are starting to bear fruit, both physi- Smack bang in the centre of the city this has seen a
cally – with a huge increase in the crane-count across the Victorian school re-modelled into a boutique hotel and a
city skyline – and economically, through the plan to attract series of smart restaurants and bars.
30,000 more jobs to the region, with a firm focus on high- So successful has this Leopold brand become that there
end positions in order to boost the region’s wealth. is talk of rolling it out across the country.
A dramatic improvement has been witnessed, created This, along with other new elements of the city centre
in part by developers and investors who are helping shape now joining up like a dot-to-dot picture, forms a strong
the New Sheffield. basis for a newly-reinvigorated night-time offer: the city is
sparking back to life with post-work entertainment, eating
The next stage is being planned. and drinking.
Having marshalled in a world-class city centre the These are the visible results of years of careful planning
region-wide regeneration project continues apace, with a and they are amongst the numerous positive actions
newly completed ring road, millions of square feet in across the business and wider community that are driving
speculative new office space and one of the country’s the city forward.
largest new retail offers. But underpinning the regeneration is belief in a wider
Those who have kept faith in Sheffield are having that purpose: to provide the solid foundations for Creative
RIGHT THE LEOPOLD, conviction rewarded: local businesses are at the Sheffield’s Economic Masterplan which will be published
SHEFFIELD – BOUTIQUE forefront of a new optimism to be found in innovative this autumn and which will be the catalyst for the region’s
HOTEL WITH 90 BEDROOMS sectors such as digital and nanotechnology, and in continued transformation.
Creative Sheffield is the UK’s first city development
company and has been given the responsibility for
improving the entire region’s wealth, via higher incomes,
better jobs, creating an even more attractive place, adding
to the city’s vibrancy, and ensuring people want to be in
The city development company has responded with
some ambitious and startling plans, not least the
conviction that the region’s economy has to grow
substantially in order to achieve its ambitions and that this
growth can be achieved whilst remaining true to its low
“The Masterplan has implications for the whole city
region, not just the city centre,” says Phil Roberts, Creative
Sheffield director. “We are growing and we are changing
and in doing so we are working more closely with towns
and cities that have a complementary economy in order to
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bring 30,000 new jobs to Sheffield and to improve the has office rents that are prompting speculative office
wealth of every single family. development and, because its economy is more expansive,
“At the same time, we are developing a plan to have the inward investment has taken on a new character.
sustainability running through the core of the city’s new This transformation to a new economy precipitated a
economy.” consolidation of efforts between the city’s agencies to take
The new buildings now coming out of the ground reflect a more sophisticated and holistic approach, matching
the carefully orchestrated economic plans that will bring demand and supply as Sheffield moved out of recovery
the new, high-end jobs to the region. and into the next phase.
Manufacturing, always at the heart of Sheffield’s
economy, remains firmly centre stage, though the city is LEFT REBECCA ROSE,
being remodelled as a 21st powerhouse of high value, RELOCATE 2 SHEFFIELD
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, includ-
ing the Factory of the Future, already sees Boeing and
Rolls Royce in place and other big names are anticipated.
The city is also embracing new industries as embodied
in the 50,000 sq. ft. Electric Works Digital Media Centre,
due to open in autumn 2008.
Electric Works is the first building of five within
the Sheffield Digital Campus, a hub for the entrepreneurs
the city aims to attract within the digital, e-learning and
Brendan Moffett, marketing director of Creative Sheffield/Leeds/Manchester –
Sheffield, says: “Electric Works will play a key role in A New Economic Superpower?
attracting high growth, creative and forward-thinking One of the huge ideas currently being explored for that
businesses to Sheffield.” next chapter will surprise many: Sheffield is examining
The city’s ambitions are impressive and exciting. There the potential for working more closely with Leeds and
are even outline proposals for the creation of an entire Manchester in order to form a super-region to rival the
New Business District, reflecting the drive now found South East and to alleviate some of the pressure from the
throughout the region and bringing with it a major inlfux of capital city.
new developers. The fact is that Sheffield offers a complementary
This will change and improve the city centre, adding to economy to those neighbouring cities, as it is more
the value of commercial property across the board. capable of producing goods, especially at the top end of
Sheffield’s ambitions do not stop there. The low carbon worldwide markets such as aerospace.
technology business accelerator, LIFE-IC, and the Also, the sum of the triumvirate is greater than the
nanotechnology business development centre NoMo are total of its parts: with the joint population being larger
expected to play pivotal roles in bringing even more lead- than London, this Northern grouping has the potential for
ing edge businesses to the region, further underpinning the becoming one of the largest city regions in Europe and it
ambition to re-shape the city as a leading 21st Century would have the Peak District National Park at its heart.
habitat. To this end, Sheffield is already talking to Manchester
With the global business sector’s renewed interest in all in terms of seeing how to bring their economies closer
things Sheffield has come a blossoming of the hotel mar- together.
ket, with groundworks about to start on a new 4 Star site. This is just one more of Sheffield’s newest develop-
The residential sector has also woken up to the fact that ments that are set to surprise those that have neglected
the city is blossoming and the 32-storey, Conran-designed to keep up with the city’s recent transformation, though
City Lofts St Paul’s Tower is now shooting out of the none are more impressed than the many foreign business
For further information
ground. people now moving to the region.
contact Creative Sheffield
When relocation expert Rebecca Rose helps foreign
Tel: +44 (0)114 223 2345
From Recovery To Fulfilling Potential business people move to Sheffield they are constantly
or email: email@example.com
As we can see, Sheffield has enjoyed a period of strong overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception they receive.
recovery over the last ten years and during that time it has “People moving here, especially from the Far East and
applied a simple approach, including creating the new city the US, never fail to be amazed that the Peak District
centre and seeking out inward investment. National Park is only minutes from the city centre.
According to the IPPR Two Track Cities report, in this “They see that they can live in a true English paradise
ten-year period the city created 63,600 new jobs, though whilst still working in a modern and successful city, and
many were driven by European structural funding. that the new city centre is so vibrant and alive,” says
Now that the city has left its recovery period behind it Rebecca Rose.