Plans revealed for exciting new Events Central space, including 200-capacity music venue

Sheffield Council has unveiled plans for a new city centre community cultural hub that would include a music venue as well as exhibition and co-working spaces and a tourist information point.

The site is located on Fargate and plans include a project to repair, refurbish and re-clad the vacant five-storey building at 20-26 Fargate, transforming it into Events Central which will be let to businesses and split evenly for commercial and community uses.

The upper floor levels will house a makers space, flexible multi-use space and co-working space, as well as an exhibition area, a bookshop, a juice bar, a tourist information point, while a new 200 capacity music venue is proposed at basement level.

Events Central

The plan for each floor of Events Central

Funding for the venture comes from the £15.8 million given to Sheffield from the government’s Future High Streets Fund, following a bid supported by the University of Sheffield.

In a statement provided with the plans, HLM Architects, on behalf of the council, said: “Sheffield City Council wishes to develop an exciting, community cultural hub building which also supports and offers additional opportunities to utilise the external events space.

“The intention is to provide a part community, part commercial offering that will act as a blueprint and catalyst for further regeneration of Fargate.

“The proposals contained within this report are currently being developed with Sheffield City council and ARUP with the aim of delivering high quality events, leisure and co-working space.”

Adding their intention to refresh the building with minimal impact to the existing stone fabric and largely maintain the facade except at the ground and first floor levels which will be replaced with new triple glazed windows.

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