Nine-storey office block will be last piece in Heart of City ‘jigsaw’

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The skyline of Sheffield city centre is set to change as plans progress for a nine-storey office block - the last piece in the Heart of the City redevelopment jigsaw.

Council approval is expected next Tuesday for a third office block at the corner of Norfolk Street and Charles Street, for the St Paul’s complex near the Peace Gardens.

The proposed 78,000 sq ft of Grade A offices comprises a basement car park and nine storeys above ground, with bars and restaurants at ground level. It would be higher than the neighbouring blocks.

The development is designed to complete the Heart of the City programme that started in the run-up to the millennium and includes the Peace Gardens, the Winter Garden, the Millennium Gallery, St Paul’s Hotel and the offices that are now home to law firm DLA and the Government’s Department for Education.

A ramp has already been built for the basement car park for the third office block, but construction hopes were dashed by the recession.

The council is working with developers CTP with a view to securing a European grant for what is seen as a key regeneration projection, aiming to attract another top name to move into the premises.

Council officers are recommending that planning permission subject to further discussions about some aspects of the design.