Orchard Square: Ripe pickings
Welcome to Orchard Square… a place where people can eat, drink, shop, work and live in the heart of Sheffield City Centre.
Today the development offers a line-up of retail brands, independent and craft shops where visitors can shop for clothes and books, have a haircut or a beauty treatment, find out more about the range of creative skills the talented artists of Sheffield can offer, see an exhibition, sort out their finances or choose from a range of places to relax over a coffee or cocktail, food and coffee on the terrace or benches within in the square.
Sheffield Plate, the city’s latest food destination, opened in the square last month bringing together local, independent street food vendors, bars and live entertainment.There’s a tasty selection of traders bringing authentic, fresh food to the Plate in the Square, alongside Sri Lankan, Peruvian, Romanian, Portuguese and Thai cuisine.The two-floored venue, which is already proving incredibly popular among visitors, complements the existing food traders already there, including Terrace Goods and Macpot who offer customers delicious food and drink across an outdoor terrace overlooking proceedings.
Orchard Square opened in 1987 on the former site of John Brown and Co. steelworks. Since purchasing the square in 1999 LAP, (London and Associated Properties) have redeveloped the site to include retail, food and beverage and office space. Tenants include TK Maxx, Fat Face, The Body Shop, Waterstones, Costa, Subway, Blue Banana, Clarks, Scrivens, The Perfume Shop, Virgin Money, Metro Bank and a range of Sheffield independents: La Coupe Salon, Leo’s Barbers, Michael Spencer Jewellers, Beauty Jewels, War Games Emporium, Northern Menswear, Mirage, Q Tattoo, Mancave, with food from Terrace Goods, Macpot, Humpit, Cuppa Cha, Burritos Y Mas – and now Sheffield Plate.
Orchard Square is also home to the Sheffield Creative Guild, a not-for-profit membership collective for any individual, business or organisation working in the creative sector offering visitors various exhibitions, screenings and socials throughout the year.
In 2019, LAP commissioned a largescale piece of public art for the external wall overlooking the courtyard of the shopping centre, asking local artists to create submissions to the brief of ‘what Sheffield means to them’. There was a huge response with Will Rea eventually chosen for his piece ‘Workings of Sheffield’. The project was completed shortly before Lockdown 1 and fully revealed to the Sheffield community in the summer of 2020, providing the site with a 50-foot wall of colour and design.
Earlier this year Will was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards (WIA) within the ‘Site-Specific’ category for his large-scale mural. Make sure you pop along and see it for yourself this month!