Sheffield former nightclub receives new lease of life after being destroyed by fire

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An exciting future is being forecast for the Cultural Industries Quarter on the fringe of Sheffield city centre by a company at the heart of its latest regeneration projects.

Finishing touches are being put to Gatecrasher student apartments on the site of the former night club, and now commercial units at ground level are designed to add a further buzz to the area.

City Estates are aiming to attract uses such as shops, offices and places to eat and drink – and even doctors, dentists and opticians in line with the growing resident population.

Already the company has invested millions of pounds in the area. Sellers Wheel – a grade II listed former factory in Arundel Street – has been converted into an award-winning complex including Tamper café/restaurant, Laundry hair salon and offices.

Meanwhile, work is starting on the redevelopment of another former industrial site, Albert Works, at the junction of Matilda Street and Sidney Street, for residential, commercial and leisure.

“In our view, the CIQ is the most exciting area of the city with increasing numbers of people living in the area, both students and non-students, and also as an increasingly popular choice for a wide range of businesses,” said City Estates managing director Dale Fixter.

“The letting successes at Sellers Wheel together with the very substantial pre-letting of the former Albert Works premises to Jaywing plc, a digital marketing company, will see the area develop and go from strength to strength.

“We would like to see a healthy mix of commercial uses on the Gatecrasher site that will further strengthen this buzzing part of the city.”

Five commercial units of between 1,200 sq ft and 3,500 sq ft are available, providing flexible space with planning consent for B1 office, A1 retail, A2 professional services and A3 and A4 restaurant and pub uses.

Agents CPP and BNP Paribas are instructed to market the commercial units within the scheme. Rob Darrington, Partner at agents CPP says “We expect a strong demand for this location, being within a couple of minutes walking distance of the city centre, Sheffield Hallam University and the railway station.”

Guy Cooke, director at BNP Paribas added “We believe it could offer ideal accommodation not only for restaurants and bars and conventional shops and offices, but also potential occupiers such as doctors, dentists and opticians, which the area does not have at present, serving the thriving, immediate community.”

Gatecrasher Apartments are the latest addition to the CIQ, which stretches from Arundel Gate and Eyre Street to Paternoster Row and Shoreham Street.

Part of the West One accommodation portfolio, they provide 243 beds, mostly in clusters of three, four and five, along with 90 one-bed studios, ready for this year’s autumn term.

Accommodation in the £11m complex includes wall-mounted TVs, 50mb Broadband and communal facilities such as a gymnasium, cinema room and landscaped courtyard.

The development is on the site of the former Gatecrasher – land that has been vacant since the club was destroyed by fire in June 2007.

“As a business we are investing heavily in the CIQ to the tune of many millions of pounds,” said Mr Fixter. “We believe in the CIQ, but there is still a way to go.

“Having delivered the award winning and ever popular Sellers Wheel, we have now all but completed the redevelopment of the former Gatecrasher site and have commenced work on Sidney Street which will see a comprehensive and transformational redevelopment and refurbishment from Matilda Street to the old Niche nightclub.

“The focus is on sensitive well-designed regeneration to provide a great mix of residential and commercial accommodation which will continue to strengthen the diversity and attractiveness of the CIQ.”

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