Location: Sheffield, UK
Date: 2011-2016
Client: Hammerson
Status: Schematic Design
Size: 4.6 ha
Credits: Julia Cano, Nicholas Channon, Stefano Dal Piva, Friedrich Ludewig, Frederic Meurisse, Isabel de la Mora, Heidrun Schuhmann
Sevenstone Sheffield will regenerate a part of Sheffield’s City Centre that is currently fragmented, under used and partly derelict. The masterplan sets out to create a retail quarter; to include shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas together with the refurbishment of the Grade I listed Leah’s Yard to create a cohesive development of new and old buildings, pedestrian streets and public spaces. 
The retention and refurbishment of existing buildings and the creation of a new hierarchy of urban connections between the scheme and the existing urban fabric strives to integrate the new retail quarter into the wider city context. The proposal works with the natural levels of the site to create multiple ground floors that naturally tie the new quarter into its surroundings. 
The development is composed of a series of free-standing building blocks that have been carefully placed to maintain important urban vistas and connections into the context. The main space between blocks will be partly covered by a free-standing canopy to create a sheltered external street which is complemented by a new civic square at the junction of the new quarter with the existing city context. This new public space recreates the historic square of the Moorhead in its original location and integrates the Queen Victoria sculpture, which was originally located here but has lived in storage for the past fifty years.