Sheffield in 2020: What we’re excited about

A roundup of what we’re looking forward to in Sheffield in 2020…

Charter Square
HSBC’s new home has now been joined by popular Swedish fashion brands Weekday and Monki. The old Grosvenor House site is also set to welcome the city’s second Marmadukes café on Cambridge Street.

Kangaroo Works
Located on the corner Rockingham Street, plans for a £50million apartment block Kanagaroo Works have been approved.

Pinstone Street
Laycock House and Pepperpot will sit behind the attractive and sympathetically restored Victorian façades of the existing buildings.

Future High Streets Fund
Sheffield city council, supported by the University of Sheffield, has bid for £25m to transform Sheffield’s High Street and Fargate.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie hits the big screen
Inspired by a BBC Three documentary, the screenplay following young Jamie Campbell and his ambitions to become a drag queen premiered at the Crucible Theatre in 2017 to widespread acclaim. After stints at the West End and on Broadway, Film4 and Warp Films announced they would be producing a feature-length film starring the likes of Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan and Ralph Ineson – with the release date currently set for 23 October 2020.

Jöro branch out
The acclaimed Nordic-inspired urban restaurant, which you’ll find based on the ground floor of the Krnykl building, recently had plans approved for a boutique hotel and kitchen at the new Palatine Gardens development in Shalesmoor.

Orchard Square Revamp
The famous city centre square will revisit its foodie roots by creating a modern twist on the food court for 2020. A new initiative will support up-and-coming independent food entrepreneurs enabling them to set up a concept restaurant or bar within Orchard Square. A recent collaboration with local artist Will Rea, who is creating a public art piece to go on display, will brighten up the space which will first welcome Fool’s Gold Pizza – a new venture from the founder of Lucky Fox on Division Street – into the space.

Sheffield Theatres
After scooping five UK Theatre Awards last year, the largest theatre complex outside of London is carrying right on from where it left off with some hugely enticing shows on the calendar. Highlights include a return home for the multi award-winning Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, and a Leeds Playhouse Production of Oliver Twist.

Image courtesy of Craig Fleming

Sheffield Ski Village
One of the most anticipated developments is the old ski village up at Parkwood Springs, which has been abandoned since 2012. Last year, Sheffield city council agreed a 150-year lease with Extreme Destinations for an ‘internationally recognised’ sport and leisure destination which will ‘rival the best in the world’, bring 400 new jobs and one million new visitors to Sheffield. The 21-hectare site, with Extreme at the helm, will be developed into a modern ski slope, numerous mountain biking trails, a hub building with shops, bars and restaurants as well as visitor accommodation, alongside a major international operator. Work is due to begin in 2020, with more details expected to be announced late-summer.

Exposed Awards @ 92 Burton Road
After the sell-out success of last year’s do, we’ll be hosting our annual Exposed Awards once again this year, paying tribute to some of Sheffield’s best independent businesses. It’ll be the usual POA with a few tweaks thrown in. As per, we’ll be celebrating the best of the Sheffield scene spanning food, drink, culture, fashion, music and beyond – with all winners chosen by you lovely lot, the Exposed readership. Voting will open in February, where thousands of the Sheffield massive come out and choose their favourites, culminating in a big old do at 92 Burton Road. Can we top last year’s raucous double-after party shenanigans this year?

A major mixed-use development is proposed for the Adelphi square site in Attercliffe, comprising of bars, restaurants, shops, housing, a themed meeting venue, workspace and a branded hotel. The English Institute of Sport Sheffield will also create a 100-bedroom hotel centred on the needs of athletes and para-athletes and support staff who use the facilities at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, helping to attract more Olympic and Paralympic squads to the city.

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