Sheffield’s city transformation continues…Posted by: Phoebe Fuller
Fitzalan Square revamp
Sheffield’s makeover resumes this spring, with a major improvement scheme beginning in the Castlegate area of the city
The Grey to Green scheme – an extension of the Heart of the City Phase 1 works that were completed in 2016 – will provide huge environmental improvements to the former inner ring road from Exchange Place to Blonk Street, including an extensive network of sustainable urban drainage, a meadow, cycleways, expanded footways, street furniture, and public art.
The work will enhance the connectivity of hotels in the area and encourage new cafes and eateries between Victoria Quays and Kelham Island, bringing with it a great deal of economic regeneration.
A second improvement scheme – the £5m Knowledge Gateway programme – is already under way in the Fitzalan Square area of the city, with work on the new perimeter walls continuing until March.
A new bus lane is also being constructed in High Street, and traffic is to be diverted to the west of Fitzalan Square, the city’s first civic space, which will lead to a larger and more attractive pedestrian area.
An artist impression of the Grey To Green scheme near Victoria Quay
Both these schemes have been funded by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Sheffield City Council, with generous contributions from Sheffield Hallam University and the Canal and Rivers Trust.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment, believes this work in two of the city’s most historic areas will provide a vibrant transformation for Sheffielders to enjoy.
He said: “Work to improve Fitzalan Square will rightly reflect its proud heritage as the scene of many occasions in the city’s history. And the Grey to Green scheme will allow the Castlegate transformation to continue, instilling new pride in the area whilst also creating sustainable flood defences that keep Sheffield safer.”
The buildings at the top of Esperanto Place are set to be demolished at the end of March, creating a striking new vista from Norfolk Street towards the square itself.
It’s hoped that all work in and around the square will be complete by August.