National property developer, Godwin Developments, has recently announced the acquisition of a one-acre site within Sheffield city centre. The company plans to transform it into a 300+ unit residential build to rent (BTR) development. The developer is working in partnership with local planning consultants Urbana Town Planning and architects Bond Bryan.  Farm Road’s new scheme is set to play a major part in delivering a new gateway to the city.

Stuart Pratt, group development director for Godwin Developments, showed his support for the city and the development. “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this highly desirable site, situated in the Sheaf Gardens area in Sheffield. We look forward to working closely with Urbana Town Planning, Bond Bryan, the local planners, the community and the city council to ensure this scheme provides the best possible opportunities for Sheffield.”

Located on the corner of Farm Road and Queens Road, the site is a five-minute walk from Sheffield’s main train station. It will form a significant part of the Sheffield Midland Station and Sheaf Valley Development framework. The area, which is the focus of the next phase of the city centre regeneration, will establish Sheffield as a regional and national development hub. It is well placed to benefit from enhanced connectivity to be delivered by HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Godwin’s city centre development, which is in close proximity to Sheffield Hallam University as well as local amenities, expects to create more than 200 temporary jobs during its construction phase, with an additional 30 permanent roles when operational.

Adam Murray, Managing Director at Urbana Town Planning and member of the executive board of the S-PA, added: “We’re delighted to be involved delivering this exciting proposal. Godwin Developments have shown huge confidence in Sheffield as it emerges out of the pandemic and are looking to invest in the city in a big way.

“This is a key gateway into the city centre, and it deserves the high-quality design that you would expect from such an important site. We look forward to working with our partners and the City Council to ensure what is delivered sets a new standard for city living in Sheffield post COVID-19.”

Tomasz Romaniewicz from Bond Bryan architects (another S-PA member) also commented: “We are thrilled to have secured this appointment with Godwin Developments. It further demonstrates BTR’s resilience and its importance as a tool for regenerating our cities. The scheme will form an essential component within the next chapter of the city centre and is another significant project highlighting our BTR expertise.”

Investment in Sheffield and its built environment is always positive, but a display of confidence in our city during this pandemic has particular resonance. We look forward to receiving updates on the project in the near future.

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