Queensberry submits plans for Heart of the City II Block B in UK


November 28, 2018 – British real estate developer and Sheffield City Council’s strategic development partner Queensberry has submitted plans to the Local Planning Authority seeking approval for Block B of Heart of the City II, featuring redevelopment of Laycock House.

Heart of the City II is a mixed-use scheme and one of Sheffield’s key economic projects, backed by Sheffield City Council.

The project builds on the Heart of the City project that started the regeneration of Sheffield city centre.


The new mixed-use scheme will consist of high-quality retail, Grade A offices, hotel and residential developments, restaurants and cafés, leisure destinations, parking and public realm.

Heart of the City II will be located at the core of the city centre. It will retain the existing street patterns and historic buildings and add new architecture and unique outdoor spaces, providing a new home for Sheffield’s cultural, commercial and creative trailblazers.

The latest announcement from Queensberry adds momentum for the regeneration project after the validation of a recent planning application for Block C, known as the ‘Pepper Pot’ building.

Fronting onto Pinstone Street, Block B will be located between Pinstone Street, Cross Burgess Street and Charles Street, behind the John Lewis store.

Plans for Block B include Laycock House, a late Victorian building which survived the 20th and 21st centuries almost in its original form. Plans for Block B include renovation of the residences and smaller retail units within Laycock House.

The courtyard behind the building will be redeveloped as a welcoming city garden, with a café proposed for the ground floor unit with tables spilling out into the courtyard.

Four new retail units have been proposed at ground floor level and 52 apartments across the seven floors above.

Queensberry development director Jon Munce said: “As the council’s Strategic Development Partner, we have been working hard with the development team for this project to build real momentum moving forward.

“Alongside the council, we are helping to shape the Sheffield of the future. In submitting the planning applications for blocks B and C, we are signalling our ability as a team to deliver for the city and its people. It’s an exciting time.

“Subject to planning, construction on the Block B and C could commence in spring 2019, with completion expected by the end of 2020.”



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