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Plans submitted for prestigious Radisson Blu hotel in Sheffield

Artistic impression of the Radisson Blu hotel courtyard in Sheffield

A planning application for the latest round of Heart of the City II proposals has been submitted today, which if approved would see a landmark Radisson Blu hotel open on Pinstone Street.

The highly regarded international hotel brand, renowned for its impressive style and excellent customer service, would occupy a prominent location overlooking the Peace Gardens.

Designed to enhance Sheffield’s offer as a business and leisure destination, it is anticipated that the addition of a stylish new hotel will help to attract further investment to the city centre. The plans form the most recent phase of the Heart of the City II redevelopment programme, a scheme which is expected to drive Sheffield’s post-coronavirus recovery.

The development

The 154-bedroom hotel would be housed behind the Victorian façades of Palatine Chambers and City Mews on Pinstone Street, complete with a sympathetic roof extension. A separate complementary building would incorporate most of the hotel rooms, with secondary lobby access from Burgess Street.

Included within the development would be high-quality conferencing facilities, befitting retail and food and beverage units on the ground floor, and the eagerly anticipated rooftop terrace and bar — bringing a new dynamic to the city centre’s social scene.

Sitting between the two core hotel blocks will be a courtyard designed as an enticing social space with seats and atmospheric lighting.

Local architects HLM designed the proposals, aiming to celebrate Sheffield’s built heritage through a modern reinterpretation of the city’s Victorian architecture.

Andrew Davison, Project Director at Queensberry, said:

“After many months of hard work, we’re pleased that an application for the Block A proposals has now been submitted. A huge amount of effort has gone into developing a fresh and contemporary design for the brand-new hotel, while also paying homage to Sheffield’s unique character.

“These plans will breathe fresh life into Pinstone Street, and we can’t wait to welcome international hotel brand Radisson Blu to Sheffield.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, commented:

“We’re delighted to announce that an application has now been submitted for our plans to add a four star+ hotel and rooftop bar to Sheffield city centre. This step marks yet another significant milestone as we continue our progress towards transforming Sheffield’s heart of the city.

“We’ve reached this point in the process after a recent public consultation — throughout which we received a great deal of valuable feedback from local people and stakeholder groups.

“The comments and perspectives shared during the consultation have helped us to successfully shape our proposals and I would like to personally thank everyone who has participated in the process.”

A point frequently raised by members of the public related to the retention and reuse of the frieze previously located on Barkers Pool House. As expressed by local people, public art murals such as William Mitchell’s frieze contribute significantly to Sheffield’s sense of identity and place.

In response to this, the Council has safely removed the mural and it has been placed in secure storage for the time being. They have committed to reinstating the artwork within a public space in the Heart of the City II scheme so it can continue to be enjoyed by both local residents and city centre visitors.