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Sheffield Sees First Tower Proposals In Years

Plans have emerged for what is the first tower to be proposed in the city of Sheffield since the 2008 recession hit.

Named New Era Square, the project is the result of a group of Chinese of investors who are looking to redevelop the site that bounds London Road and Bramall Lane and overlooks the inner ring-road of the city. Anchoring the project is a 21-storey tower that if built will be the fifth tallest building in the city.

In terms of use, the project is dominated by student housing, some 392 studio flats in total, plus 40 cluster units adding up to 695 beds. There will also be a small amount of private accommodation, some 14 new apartments.

The site is supposedly part of what was originally one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, something that no longer exists today. Drawing on this the inclusion of various Chinese facilities within the project including what's called the China Business Incubator, an organisation that will grow links between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic.

There will also be a new Chinese supermarket and 13 new retail outlets that could perhaps attract all sorts of Chinese traders to allow the creation of a new Chinatown in Sheffield.

If the scheme gets approval then construction could start as early as 2015 with completion of phase one, which includes the tower, in time for the start of the university year in 2016.

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New Era Square Block 1A

New Era Square Block 1A
New Era Square, Sheffield
New Era Square, Sheffield