New ‘container hub’ set to breathe new life into Sheffield’s Fargate

Planning permission has been granted to begin work on Steel Yard Kelham’s new £300,000, 426 square metre container hub full of cafes, shops, a big screen, and much needed city-centre toilets.

Construction is set to begin on Fargate this week, and the site is due to be completed and open to the public a few weeks after.

The council said it will be a new quality attraction in the heart of Sheffield, providing an inclusive meeting space for city centre residents and workers as well as others in Sheffield and beyond and it is part of a wider project to regenerate the city centre.

SteelYard Fargate

Artist’s impression of the plans for Fargate shipping containers.

The site will also boast living walls and outdoor seating, and will be open from 8am to 11pm, every day.

Speaking of the exciting new project, Councillor Mazher Iqbal, executive member for city futures: development, culture and regeneration, is reported to have said: “We know that the high street has faced many challenges throughout the pandemic and it’s really important that we take every opportunity to support local businesses and encourage people to visit and spend time in the city centre.

“Including a large outdoor screen and free to use public toilets alongside a mix of local retailers, the containers will be a great new addition to Fargate and complement the eclectic, vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and shops already in place across the city centre.

SteelYard Fargate

Artist’s impression of the plans for Fargate shipping containers.

“Steel Yard Kelham which is a locally owned company has been a huge success and we are excited to bring a taste of this to Fargate for 2022.”

Funding will come from government grants including the Government’s Get Britain Building Fund that was secured through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

Council leaders are due to approve a new city centre vision. Part of that includes new plans for the former John Lewis building site and 20,000 new homes over the next 18 years, as well as services, schools and health facilities to support them.

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