Final Phase Of Sheffield Office Development Begins

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Final Phase Of Sheffield Office Development Begins

Final Phase Of Sheffield Office Development Begins

Scaffolding contractors in Sheffield will be busy in the coming months as developer Scarborough Group International starts work on the final phase of the Sheffield Digital Campus.

The speculative office development is the largest of its kind in Sheffield. Designed by architects CJCT, it is being delivered by GMI Construction.

Named Endeavour, it will be eight storeys in height, with 67,000 sq ft of Grade A office space capable of accommodating up to 800 office workers. There will also be a private 630 sq ft terrace on the sixth floor, providing a view across the city’s rail and bus station as well as the adjacent Park Hill Flats.

The construction is set to be complete in 2022 and space has already been sold to occupiers including Sky, Kennedy’s and Spaces, a flexible office workspace provider. The £27 million scheme, which is the last of the four buildings being built by Scarborough at the site, will provide 140 construction jobs.

Scarborough’s philosophy has been to continue building despite Covid-19 and Brexit, with a particular commitment to developments linked to the Northern Powerhouse strategy and HS2. It is working to develop over 3 million sq ft of mixed-use and commercial space spread across 524 acres of land in several cities.

Chief executive of the firm Simon McCabe remarked:  “The scale of our development activities across the key northern cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds is unparalleled, and reflects our commitment and ambition to the Northern Powerhouse.”

He added that the firm is “genuinely excited” at developments such as the relocation of 49,500 civil service staff to Sheffield.

The Sheffield Digital Campus is aimed at capitalising on the location of the Sheffield HS2 hub in the city’s historic Midland Station, which marks a change from the original plans for the high speed line to pass through the city at Meadowhall.

Another major development planned by Scarborough concerns the legacy of the Sheffield Olympic Park, which is situated in the Don Valley.

It is one of several development firms involved in plans to invest in the site, which will include Scarborough’s new masterplan for the area. A centrepiece of this will be the construction of a new community stadium that will become the new home for the Sheffield Eagles Rugby League club.

The Olympic Park is already a major training site that has been used by Olympic sports stars such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua.

However, there has been some controversy over certain developments in recent years, such as the demolition of the old Don Valley Stadium, which had been used for a range of sports after originally being built for the 1991 World Student Games.

Other investors in the site will include Canon Medical Systems Europe, which is planning to develop a new state-of-the-art research hub for medical diagnostics systems, including the use of AI. Its building will also provide a new home for the Sheffield Sharks Basketball team.

Similarly, Sheffield Childrens’ NHS Trust is developing the new National Centre for Child Health Technology at the park.