Plans submitted for £50m Kangaroo Works schemePosted by: Ashley Birch
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The £50 million residential building, known as Kangaroo Works, located at the corner of Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, will deliver 364 new apartments for private rent, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. At ground floor level, there will also be up to five commercial spaces ideally suited to cafés, restaurants or start-up businesses.
The scheme’s unique name pays homage to the site’s heritage as a former tool factory that in the early nineteenth century.
Labelled Block F in the Heart of the City II masterplan and currently home to a surface car park, the site was sold by Sheffield City Council earlier this year to a joint venture group made up of Angelo Gordon – a major US based global investment advisor – and Ridgeback Group. The group has employed Sheffield-based Brantingham Homes to manage the scheme, working alongside locally based Whittam Cox Architects and construction partner Henry Boot Construction Ltd.
The scale of the development has been planned in response to other surrounding buildings, stepping down from 15 storeys at its highest point to eight and four storeys.
Michael Crooks of Brantingham Homes, said: “Great progress has been made with Heart of the City II in recent years and we’re delighted to be submitting plans for this next block. Kangaroo Works is a key residential site within the scheme and will help support the forthcoming retail and leisure occupiers.
“Demand for this type of housing is very high. It offers great flexibility and appeals to a wide range of people who want to live in the city centre – close to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. We are seeking to create a permanent community of residents that will contribute to the future growth and vitality of the city centre.”
Ian Lowson, Director at Whittam Cox Architects, commented: “We are pleased to see our plans progress and look forward to working closely with the team on this important asset for Sheffield city centre.
“Our design team comprises professionals who live and work in the Sheffield City Region, so have both a firm understanding of the urban context and a vested interest in delivering a scheme of exceptional quality. It will enhance the character of the area and create a bespoke, transformational scheme for Sheffield.”
George Bossom of Ridgeback Group added: “Sheffield is becoming one of the UK’s most dynamic cities. We believe this scheme will set a new benchmark for quality in the city centre, contributing to the creation of a new, vibrant commercial district.”
Subject to planning approval, construction of Kangaroo Works could begin by the end of 2019.