Concrete 1960s buildings in Sheffield city centre set to be replaced by modern tower - see the pictures

This eye-catching building could become the latest office block to grace Sheffield city centre.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 12:17 pm

Developers Grantside have submitted plans to demolish buildings at the junction of Charles Street and Norfolk Street and erect a 10 story office complex called the C-N Tower.

It will include shops at the ground floor, alongside reception space, with nine floors of Grade A office space above including terraces with spectacular views of nearby listed buildings and the Peace Gardens.

No parking is included and developers say the only access for vehicles is via Charles Street which could be a constraint, but there is provision for cycles.

The C-N Tower planned for Charles and Norfolk Street (image: Grantside).

The site is on the edge of the city centre conservation area and is directly opposite St Paul’s Place 3 and the council’s Howden House. It’s currently occupied by two, three storey concrete blocks of offices and shops dating from the 1960s and 70s.

Grantside say in the application: “The buildings are in a relatively good condition however they have become outdated and are largely out of context with the surrounding area, which has seen redevelopment in recent years with good quality, higher density schemes.

“C-N Tower will become a new centrepiece for Sheffield, a truly stunning design with flexible accommodation in a sustainable net zero-carbon building. It will be a place to work, visit and enjoy.

“We aim to create a lively and active ground floor spilling out to the surrounding areas. C-N Tower will maximise views across the city and occupants will be able to enjoy and benefit from these, both within the building and externally from the balconies provided at multiple levels.”

An alternative view of the C-N Tower (image: Grantside)

The developers say the tower would act as a bridge between the traditional buildings along Pinstone Street and the contemporary ones of St Paul’s Place.

“This is explored and developed in the facade design. The older buildings of the conservation area all feature more complex facades with high levels of detail and varying fenestration styles.

“In stark contrast to this, the buildings of St Paul’s Place have very simplified facades which only feature one particular fenestration style across the building’s entirety.

“The proposed development acts as an intermediary between these two types. Although it is contemporary in style it has several fenestration types and a higher level of complexity than St Paul’s.

How the C-N Tower would look on Charles Street facing east (image: Grantside)

“It provides a finer level of detail and variation than the other contemporary buildings in the area, making it a more suitable neighbour to the older heritage buildings.

“The colour of the facade will be toned to reflect the adjacent buildings along St Paul’s Parade and Charles Street, which are predominantly red brick, red stone and terracotta.

“The facade will blend from a darker terracotta to a lighter one towards the top of the building to create a sense of cohesion between the proposal and the heritage buildings either side, whilst contrasting from the cooler grey colours of St Paul’s Place.”

Planning officers are still considering the application, which can be viewed here