Detailed proposals have today been unveiled for the next phase of the Heart of the City II scheme, which would see Sheffield welcome hotelier Radisson Blu to a prominent location on Pinstone Street.
The new hotel, designed by Sheffield-based architects HLM, would be housed in the 19th century Palatine Chambers and adjoining City Mews buildings on Pinstone Street, as well as a new connecting building on the site of Barkers Pool House on Burgess Street.
The development would comprise 154 bedrooms, conferencing facilities and a rooftop bar and restaurant — providing views looking out to the Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens. The ground floor will also feature complementary retail and food and beverage units.
Sitting between the two core hotel blocks would be a courtyard. The food and beverage unit would spill out to this outdoor area, encouraging a bustling social atmosphere.
Delia Harmston, HLM’s Studio Lead, outlined the vision for a project that has real meaning for the local firm:
“Given its location, facing onto one of Sheffield’s most prominent public spaces, the Peace Gardens, we are incredibly proud to be delivering this exciting new hotel in the heart of our city. We understand the special qualities of this prominent site and the place it has in the hearts of Sheffield people.
“Our ambition is to breathe fresh life into this area with a building that is characterful, celebrating the quirky and romantic undercurrent of the city, respecting the surrounding richness of architectural heritage, and making a place that is still uniquely Sheffield.”
The unveiling of the hotel proposals coincides with the news that bar and restaurant operator, The New World Trading Company (NWTC), has signed up to the scheme.
NWTC, renowned for its individual interiors and handcrafted cocktails will open their new venue within a purpose-built food and beverage unit within Charter Square. Their brands include The Botanist, which has become a firm favourite in Leopold Square.
A public consultation on the hotel has today been launched, with locals and neighbouring businesses invited to provide feedback before 21 July. Subject to planning, construction is due to start later this year with the opening of the hotel targeted for 2023.