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Sheffields New Retail Quarter Plans Floated

Plans have surfaced for the proposed overhaul by developer Hammerson, of what is dubbed the New Retail Quarter, in the retail heart of Sheffield.

Called Sevenstone, this 600 million scheme will see 8 blocks including a new residential tower spread over a massive 20 acres designed by a variety of architects running in competition against the nearby rival Chesham House development.

This is a retail lead scheme with John Lewis as the anchor tenant set to occupy a substantial shop of 25,000 square metres designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey that takes up the whole of Block 7 of the master-plan.With four levels of retail and parking inside the building will be wrapped in vertical fins running rhythmically around the sides of it.

Acting however as the visual landmark will be a residential tower on the site of Block 5 from the pens of Foreign Office Architects hexagonally shaped and tapering to smoothly planned a three winged top and standing roughly 90 metres above ground adjacent to Telephone House on the site of the Grosvenor House Hotel.

At the ground level it is attached to a series of continuous lower-rise blocks that have been compared to soap bubbles and will be occupied by shops creating a large new retail precinct.

Another block of particular note is a low-rise retail building, Block 2 by ACME Architects on the gateway of the north-eastern side of the site. The gently rippling organic sides combined with a complex metal fabric helps to create a zoomorphic look of a sponge sitting on the ocean floor. Adding to the deep-sea feel will be lights embedded in the cladding that will give the building a slight glow.

Building work on Sevenstone should be starting by the end of 2008 if all goes to plan with the first phase completed in 2011 with phase two finishing in 2013.

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New Retail Quarter Block 5

New Retail Quarter Block 5
Telephone House

Telephone House
Grosvenor House Hotel

Grosvenor House Hotel
Block 7
Block 7
Block 5
Block 5
Block 2
Block 2