Bar and restaurant planned for historic Citadel

A historic Sheffield city centre building could be brought back into use as a bar or restaurant under new plans submitted to the council this week.

Local company WMA Architects has submitted full planning and listed building applications for the change of use of The Citadel on Cross Burgess Street in the city centre.

The Grade II-listed building was constructed in 1894 as the Sheffield headquarters of the Salvation Army before the charity moved to a new location in 1999.

The proposal aims to modernise the interior of the four-storey building, making it suitable for use as food and drink establishment, whilst remaining sympathetic to its historic features. Its first floor auditorium is thought to be well-suited for use as a bar or restaurant.

A planning statement said: “This scheme aims to bring the Citadel back into public use through refurbishment and conversion.  Planning policy and the location of the building within the city’s most popular retail district suggest that this is the best opportunity to compliment the ‘Heart of the City’ offer.

“The proposals aim to modernise the interior of the Citadel, making it fit for its purpose whilst at the same time retaining the important architectural features which give the building its character.”

The building is next door to the huge Heart of the City development currently underway.

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