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Consultancy Secures Major Regeneration Projects in Sheffield

Updated: Jun 26

Summers Inman regeneration project in Sheffield

Award-winning construction and property consultancy, Summers-Inman, has been appointed to two major regeneration projects in Sheffield, both of which form part of the city’s ongoing redevelopment.

In both cases, the developer behind the projects is York-based Grantside - well known for its hugely successful Quorum Business Park in Newcastle and the Bonding Warehouse, York.

At The Hive, Kelham Island - widely considered to be the coolest place to live, work and socialise in the city - the first Carbon Net Zero building will be developed, and Summers-Inman will be responsible for cost consultancy and project management.

Located on Bowling Green Street, The Hive includes 100 co-living studios, spread over five floors and is designed with a focus on a curated community living style.

It will offer residents facilities such as communal kitchens, roof top allotments, laundry/café facilities and dedicated working and rest zones, whilst at ground floor level, commercial units will provide space for start-ups, independent traders and entrepreneurs looking for creative and inspirational space to grow their businesses.

The second project, known as 190 Norfolk Street and located on the corner of Charles and Norfolk Street, is also a Net Carbon Zero scheme. Seen as an architectural exemplar of design for Sheffield, it will overlook the award-winning public space, Peace Gardens. Summers-Inman has an expanded brief on this project, also taking on the role of principal designer.

Grantside's proposals for this six-storey office development were approved by Sheffield City Council's Planning Committee in November 2022.

This mixed-use office development, which is set to become a new landmark location in the heart of Sheffield's commercial district, has again been designed with wellbeing and sustainability at its core. It will include around 2,200 sqft of retail and active space on the ground floor, with 19,500 sqft of flexible office space above. Designed for multi or single occupancy, the building benefits from excellent natural daylight, local controllable ventilation and terraces at each floor level giving access to outdoor space and will be completed to shell and core standard for fit-out by the incoming tenant(s).

Summers-Inman was appointed to both projects following the submission of a competitive fee bid. Speaking about the firm’s appointment, John Harvey, Associate Director of Summers-Inman, is delighted to be working with Grantside’s Steve Davis again after a break of some years. He said:

“We last worked on a project with Steve about ten years ago. Since then, as a construction consultancy, we have greatly increased our capacity and developed our expertise on inner city projects, making us perfectly placed for this appointment, which we hope is the first of many for Grantside.

“We are just about to embark on detailed designs for both schemes and then we can go out to tender. I expect that construction will begin at The Hive in Bowling Green Lane first, later this year.

“As a Net Carbon Zero building, the conservation of energy will be a key aspect of the final design. In seeking a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for both buildings, every opportunity will be taken to reduce their carbon footprint with the use of recycled materials, cross-laminated timber, rainwater harvesting and the incorporation of planting with bee-friendly flowers and foliage.”

Steve Davis, Managing Director of Grantside Developments, added: "As a developer we always adopt a 'people first' approach to design, embracing wellness, the environment and technology. The human interfaces of our projects are always our starting point and I believe that both of these projects demonstrate our philosophy well.

"We have taken the utmost care in designing the buildings to ensure they achieve the highest quality standards, and we are very much looking forward to beginning the process of collaborating with Summers-Inman and the rest of the design team to take our plans to the next stage."

It is hoped the tender for The Hive will be launched soon, with construction starting on site shortly thereafter.

Summers-Inman operates nationally with a staff of over 130 employed in seven offices throughout the UK in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Teesside, Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham and London.


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