THIS stunning image shows how redevelopment work will transform The Moor - as one of the Sheffield shopping street’s leading stores announces a refurbishment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Scottish Widows, landlord of the street, has released the artist’s impression of how the street should look once work is completed to rebuild the block below Debenhams.
The image shows a street which would not look out of place in revamped areas of cities such as Manchester or Birmingham - a far cry from the area’s current state of decay.
A planning application has been submitted to Sheffield Council for the new building, which will house retailers, restaurants and a cinema, and will cost tens of millions of pounds.
Meanwhile, Atkinsons department store has announced a refurbishment which will take place over the coming months, subject to planning consent.
Nick Atkinson, managing director at the 140-year-old family-run store, which has been on The Moor for decades, said: “Atkinsons is gearing up for the step change - we have a refurbishment programme planned. “We will be altering our main entrance with a dynamic glass frontage that includes a display area above.
“We are also introducing some new fashion concessions in our redesigned layout within the store. The building work will be finished by mid-2013, a few months before the markets are due to complete and open.”
He added: “Since the building works have begun on the new shops and market there is a strong indication the public have been coming down to see what is going on, which is encouraging.
“The Moor was one of Sheffield’s greatest retail streets and it can be again.
“Atkinsons may still be undiscovered by some Sheffield shoppers - we have 42 departments and three restaurants, plus we have taken on the car park from NCP and can offer 442 car parking spaces at just £1 per hour.”
Work is well underway on construction of the market and a new shop unit set to be the permanent home of TJ Hughes, as well as repaving of the street.
Scottish Widows said it is in discussions with a cinema company to occupy the new building - although it will not reveal the identity of the likely operator.
Ranald Phillips, director of Ashcroft, planning consultants for Scottish Widows, said: “The planning application is also part of our ambition to develop an evening economy for The Moor.
“We want The Moor to be a shopping destination once again, and to be an integral part of Sheffield’s city centre retailing.”
Repaving the public realm should be complete by April 2013.
The new Moor Market and new shop unit should be complete by November 2013.
Street furniture, such as benches, litter bins, signs, are to be installed.
New kiosks will also be provided.
The former Argos unit is now being used by a stone carver for public art – engraving poems and designs onto the benches.