Citu is looking to build a low-carbon neighbourhood. Credit: Citu

Citu secures phase one consent in Sheffield

The city council has greenlit the 360-home first stage of Attercliffe Waterside, a 23-acre brownfield regeneration site straddling the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal.

Around 1,000 homes are expected to be delivered in three phases across the scheme, complemented by community-focussed leisure opportunities and creative workspaces.

Phase one, which includes 362 homes, new public realm, a new pedestrian bridge across the canal, and the repurposing of existing buildings – was approved by Sheffield City Council’s planning and highways committee this week.

Described in planning documents as covering the Spartan Works site, the scheme’s SCC planning portal reference number is 23/02176/FUL. Citu designs its own projects in-house.

The first phase on the north side of the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal will form the heart of the new district, with work expected to begin this autumn on the leisure and commercial elements, ahead of construction of the first homes on site.

Six existing historic buildings will be reimagined at the centre of the new neighbourhood that will include a café, bar, bakery, restaurant, offices and multi-purpose venue.

Citu said that “contemporary designs and surviving architecture will be interwoven to create a new Attercliffe Waterside that respects its industrial heritage and paves the way for a sustainable future”.

A public and commercial square will also be created, alongside a series of south-facing courtyards and walkways down to the canal.

Pedestrian and cycle-focused infrastructure will open up the community to Sheffield’s wider East End, additional green space and a tram stop.

The first homes to be built on the site will consist of three- and four-bedroom townhouses and one- and two-bedroom apartments, all constructed using Citu’s timber-framed housing system.

The houses will be constructed on a podium which sits above an undercroft car park, with plans to remove cars from specific stretches of Effingham Road which will be led by pedestrian space and a cycle lane.

Public art by local artists will also be introduced throughout the public and private spaces, with murals on building facades, existing building structures being repurposed as sculptural artefacts and imaginative new play areas integrated into the local landscape.

Chris Thompson founder and co-director at Citu said that the first phase at Attercliffe will “kickstart the wider regeneration of Sheffield’s East End”.

He added: “It’s an area steeped in history and our plans have been inspired by the heritage industries that were powered by the waterways running through it. The area presents huge opportunities from its location alongside the canal and the River Don, with green space, the Olympic Legacy Park and easy access to the city centre by tram in just ten minutes.”

Citu has pushed on with a range of projects for low-carbon neighbourhoods across the region, with projects including residential developments in Kelham Island, Sheffield, and the Climate Innovation District in Leeds’ South Bank.

The land at Attercliffe Waterside was originally brought to market in 2019 and billed at the time as one of the most exciting development opportunities in the North of England. Citu was announced as the preferred developer in 2023.

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