The proposed building height has been increased in line with neighbouring sites. Credit: planning documents

Hollis Croft lined up for 17-storey resi block

In updated plans now lodged with Sheffield City Council, 234 apartments are proposed for the site.

Developer Torsion (Hollis Croft), working with Den Architecture and planner Quod, is now consulting on proposals for the site, which sits between White Croft, Hollis Croft and Tenter Street in the St Vincent’s Quarter.

Other advisors include BWB, Futures Ecology, Delta Simons, MZA Acoustics, Roscoe and FuureServ.

The plans include 130 one-bedroom apartments, 70 two-bedroom apartments and 34 studio flats. Amenities include communal lounge areas, bookable private dining rooms, a gym and cinema room. The scheme also includes co-working space.

Although historically industrial, the Crofts neighbourhood has seen various proposals come forward for residential and mixed-use development.

Already completed is the 19-storey Hollis Croft tower, while a 27-storey building, Calico Sheffield, has been consented, both of them student accommodation schemes.

Combined with the neighbouring (Calico) site across Hollis Croft, the Torsion plot has a prior approval dating back to 2019 for two blocks comprising a combined 444 apartments. The separate site has since been subject of a refreshed and enlarged application, and is being taken forward separately by PBSA specialist Niveda Realty.

In response to the neighbouring site’s securing consent to go from 23 to 27 floors, four floors have been added to the tallest part of the Torsion plans.

Torsion’s site previously had approval for 264 apartments, but studio apartments were the predominant part of the mix, accounting for 160 dwellings.

Quod points out in its planning statement that Sheffield – which is now amid a drive to increase city centre living – is unable to demonstrate a five-year housing supply at present, making the case that a residential scheme will add variety to an area that has seen a swathe of student schemes advance.

Torsion is also advancing a student accommodation project in Leeds, with plans validated by the local authority in April for a 183-bedspace scheme on land between Burley Street and Park Lane.

The site immediately south is consented for 27 storeys. Credit: planning documents

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When money is our only god. Another 1960s-style box to add to Sheffield’s unenviable collection, and to be fair it makes little difference now. 19thC life was grim but one thing they did have better was their more attractive buildings; seems UK architecture lost ‘it’ some point during 20thC. Now we get served A.I. schemed blocks, no humanity, character, or relation to the people & their history swept away as valueless. I realise it’s about maxing profit, usage per square area, but does it have to be at the expense of aesthetics; why can’t there be a less ugly way? Why is ‘Contemporary’ now code for ‘Minimum cost /thought mid-20thC design’? Town [‘city-centre’ to non-locals] is now a depressing remote box-scape arrogantly glowering over, attributes that could’ve attracted tourists or simply enhanced life for those who have to live here, get concreted over; it’s as if there’s no talent left, only costs.

By Sam Crowther

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