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Sheffield Approve 23 Furnival Gate

Sheffield City Council has approved a new 19 floor development to stand on the site of Nelson House off Furnival Gate near the city centre. The 65 metre tall residential tower is designed by local architects, Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson who have been in the business over 100 years, for developer the W D King Group and if built will create 90 new apartments in Sheffield plus retail outlets on the ground floor.

The current site is occupied by a brutal four floor concrete building which includes the Nelson Arms, a pub some members of the skyscrapernews team frequent thanks to its cheap multicoloured cocktails. Sadly the pub is going along with the rest of the site.

The tower is one of the centrepieces of a new retail quarter that Sheffield City Council hope to realise around the Grosvenor House Hotel, the second post war attempt at master-planning the locality into a successful mix of retail, office space and residential high-rises. A planning application for a second tower in the area of about 15 storeys is expected to be applied for soon along with an outline planning application for the wider master-plan.

High rise development in Sheffield has had a mixed level of success in getting through the planning system as City Lofts found with their planned 98 metre tall in Arundel Block.

Fortunately for the developers of 23 Furnival Gate, their project lies further away from the conservation area in the city and the layout of the terrain whilst making it visible will not create a completely dominating landmark on the Sheffield skyline.

Developments that have been approved such as CALAs Eclipse have failed to get off the ground thanks to a mix of ever rising construction costs that have outstripped Sheffield's property prices and crushed developer margins creating rumours the site will be sold on.

23 Furnvial Gate will have been costed with 2005 prices in mind and Sheffield City Council can only hope that the same thing doesn't happen to 23 Furnival Gate and it actually gets off the drawing board and into the Moorhead skyline. We meanwhile, will need to find a new pub.

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