Plans unveiled for refurbishment of ‘landmark’ Sheffield building

Sheffield property developers Ashgate and HLM have submitted plans for the renovation, refurbishment and extension of the ‘Nichol’s Building’ on Shalesmoor roundabout.

As part of the plans, the former grocer’s warehouse will be developed with a new single storey extension and a seven-storey block to the south-west of the site and converted into a mixed-use scheme, comprising ground floor commercial space and mix of 48 high quality studio, one and two-bedroomed residential units developed specifically for rental by a professional landlord.

The development lies within the Furnace Hill conservation area and steps have been taken by the design team to protect and enhance the heritage of the building. The three-story Victorian frontage that faces onto Shalesmoor and Shepherd Street will be retained, and existing brickwork and sandstone features will be restored. As a result of the redevelopment, the ground floor commercial space will be made more accessible, with the introduction of step free access.

The new complex will be renamed Nichols & Co in honour of the wholesalers who were once housed within the building.

Project architect Alex Cesarsky of HLM said “The development of the Nichol’s Building into high-quality residential and commercial space will support the further expansion of the city centre and Kelham Island, whilst our restoration will protect and preserve this historic building into the future.”

Matthew Jacques of Ashgate said “Following the success of Kelham Island, Shalesmoor is set to become a highly desirable place to live. We at Ashgate are committed to bringing something special to the city and believe that Nichols and Co. will deliver on this as we have invested greatly in the design throughout. We are actively looking for tenants to fill the commercial units that will bring a sense of community to the area.”

Delia Harmston, Associate Director at HLM and Sheffield office lead said “We’re really excited to be part of the restoration and enhancement of a landmark Sheffield building. That such a high-quality PRS development is coming forward in Sheffield is great news for the city, reflecting our ambitions as a great place to live and work.”