Apartments to take place of former Sheffield bank

The site of the proposed block of flats on West Street
The site of the proposed block of flats on West Street

A former bank in Sheffield city centre is set to be knocked down and replaced with a 10-storey block of flats.

Under new plans submitted to Sheffield Council, the old Co-operative Bank on West Street, opposite the junction with Carver Street, will be demolished to make way for 34 apartments.

Architects Spacestudio - on behalf of developer Glume Chang - have drawn up a scheme offering four two-bedroom flats per floor, with the top two ‘penthouse’ floors having three two-bed apartments.

A gym and other facilities will also be provided for residents.

However, Spacestudio said they had decided to go against the advice of planning officers by designing a 10-storey block, rather than the preferred eight storeys.

“We have chosen to create a striking building and pay more attention to design and quality,” said the firm in a statement to the council.

“In order to make the project viable, we require a minimum of 10 storeys and 34 apartments.”

The apartments will be a ‘landmark building’, the company said, adding: “The buildings close to our site vary from three to 10 storeys.”

A report will be prepared by officers before a decision is made.