Two office blocks could be turned into 250 apartments

Two office blocks could be converted into 250 apartments in a major redevelopment that would give a new look to part of Sheffield city centre.

Sovereign House is a vacant 11-storey tower off Silver Street, while neighbouring New Bank House, off Queen Street, is used for council accommodation.

The scheme involves adding two floors to Sovereign House, reglazing both blocks and adding a common room, coffee shop, laundry, gym and a games room in a courtyard.

Signature Realty are asking the council to approve details of the design and have addressed issues such as the living conditions.

Architects Corstorphine and Wright say there would be “a good mix of sizes and types of flats”.

They add: “The proposal will bring under-used office buildings into active residential use that add to the vitality of the Cathedral Quarter.”

The application is the latest to reflect a surge of interest in providing accommodation in Sheffield city centre.