Village plan for Devonshire QuarterPosted by: Richard Abbey
CAPITAL&CENTRIC start construction at Eyewitness Works as they unveil vision for Sheffield Mesters' Village.
The £25million plans will see the iconic Eyewitness Works and Ceylon Works buildings on Milton Street restored and construction of a six-storey building on the site of the former Brunswick Hotel.
First look images show how the area in the Devonshire Quarter could be transformed into the 15 acre Mesters’ Village, with over 2,500 homes, makers spaces, café bars, delis and a school. The company has reimagined the area setting out a plan for how it could develop over the next five to ten years.
The vision celebrates the city’s industrial past with mesters a local name for Sheffield’s craftsmen in the 19th century. It will include 500,000 sq ft for the city’s next generation of makers, alongside co-working areas, offices and start up spaces. The village will also have plenty of outdoor space with pocket parks and courtyards encouraging interaction and wellbeing.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of CAPITAL&CENTRIC, said: “Up until now most people that live in the city centre have been students, but why shouldn’t we be creating spacious homes for young families or apartments for downsizers? We’ve come up with a vision for a properly planned community, which will be on a par with the amazing suburbs that surround the city.
“It’ll be a new neighbourhood which is bustling day and night, with co-working spaces, café-bars and delis. Sheffield always been a city of makers and that’s still true today, so we’ve also got loads of makers spaces which will be a hub for creativity and craftsmanship.
“Long term regeneration projects like this will be an important part of our economic recovery and we’re looking to work with the Council and others to make sure we can deliver this ambitious vision.”
The Eyewitness Works development will be the first to complete in the area when it opens in 2022 and will include 97 town houses and loft apartments alongside a café-bar and deli. Sheffield City Council has already approved plans for other schemes in the Mester’s Village area including an 860-bed student housing scheme.
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