St Paul's Place

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Coordinates: 53°22′44″N 1°28′12″W / 53.379°N 1.470°W / 53.379; -1.470

St Paul's Tower, a new, mixed use development which forms part of the St Paul's Place development. In the top left corner is the Main St Paul's tower itself. Below it is the Tower 2, connected to the main tower but half the height. To the right is another office building in the same development. All have been completed within the last 5 years and represent some of the newest architecture in the city.
St Paul's Place, 2010

St Paul's Place is part of the Heart of the City project in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It encompasses the new office blocks surrounding the Peace Gardens, the car park and is linked to the St. Pauls Tower. According to the St Pauls Place official website,[1] once complete the site will offer the following:

  • 2 St Paul's Place - completed 2009 and occupied by Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
  • 3 St Paul's Place - Not yet completed, building works underway currently (Oct 2014)
  • 316 luxury apartments in a landmark tower to be created by Citylofts. Completion August 2010[citation needed].
  • 135, 0 sq ft (0 m2) restaurants / bars / retail with units still available.
  • 4 star Mercure Hotel with health & fitness centre and conferencing facilities.
  • New public squares.

Following the redevelopment, Millennium Square, at the heart of St Paul's Place, has become the starting point for Armed Forces' Day parades. Also, now the office buildings have been completed, the Home Office has re-located its staff from 5 regional offices to this complex.[2] Whilst the upper floors of the development are reserved for office space and apartments, the ground floor(s) are set aside for retail use. Currently, Caffe Nero, Piccolino, Café Rouge, Pizza Express, Smoke BBQ and COSMO occupy space within the development. Further units remain to be let

On 26 August 2010 the St Paul's Tower was completed and declared habitable.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to redevelopment in the mid-2000s the site had been home to several different buildings. Most prominent amongst them was the Town Hall extension, erected in the 1970s and disparagingly known as the 'egg-box' because of its design.[4] At the time of its construction, doubts were being cast on the durability of concrete buildings and as a result the Town Hall Extension was built with a projected lifespan of 500 years.[5] Consequently, its demolition proved slow and complicated.[6] Also sited there was the Sheffield registry office known as 'the wedding cake', also for design reasons.[7]

Phase Three[edit]

The final phase of the St Paul's development, adjacent to Howden House (owned by Sheffield City Council), has now begun. CTP St James, the site developer, is seeking funds from the European Regional Development Fund to finance the third phase.[8] If approved, an extra 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) of office space will be added to the development and will cost £20 million to construct.[9]

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