City centre scheme for apartments

A grand Victorian building in the heart of Sheffield city centre is set to be turned into apartments.

Upper floors of the Gladstone Building at the corner of Church Street and St James Row, near the Anglican Cathedral, have been used as offices, and was the headquarters for the Sheffield One regeneration agency.

But the offices have been empty for a number of years, and city planners are welcoming the prospect of bringing back the listed building, in a conservation area, into long-term viable use.

They will advise councillors on Tuesday to approve applications to convert the upper floors of the five storey building into 37 studio apartments.

“The development is not considered to harm the character or appearance of the building as no external alterations are required and the interior has already been gutted to form an additional floor.”

The ground floor will be retained for commercial use.