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Henry Boot Construction appointed on Sheffield’s landmark Heart of the City scheme

Sheffield based construction firm Henry Boot Construction Limited has been selected for two developments within Heart of the City, the cultural and social destination known as Cambridge Street Collective and Elshaw House – a brand-new low carbon office building.

Located on the city centre site between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, a planning application for the two developments was approved towards the end of 2020. Henry Boot Construction is getting work underway this week, with a completion target towards the end of 2022.

Being delivered by Sheffield City Council and their Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry, Cambridge Street Collective, which also incorporates Bethel Chapel, is viewed as the ‘cultural heart’ of the wider masterplan.

The historic buildings fronting Cambridge Street, notably Henry’s Corner and Bethel Sunday School, are to be retained, and along with an adjoining new structure behind them, will deliver a 20,000 sq ft industrial-styled food hall and a 15,000 sq ft live entertainment venue.

Alongside Cambridge Street Collective, Henry Boot Construction will also work on the brand new Elshaw House – a visually striking dark metal building that will incorporate approximately 70,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven floors. This exemplar office will be net zero carbon ready and contribute to the Council’s long-term ambitions to create a more sustainable and greener city centre.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We are excited to see construction work on these key city centre projects gearing up. This is understandably an unsettling time for many of us, so it is particularly rewarding to see cultural and sustainable projects coming to fruition that will improve both our mental and physical wellbeing and help drive the local economy in the future.”

Andrew Davison, Project Director at Queensberry, commented:

“We are looking forward to seeing Elshaw House and Cambridge Street Collective come together. The scheme epitomizes our ambition to create sustainable places with character and personality that will help to transform Sheffield city centre.”

Throughout the construction process, Henry Boot will be striving to support the local economy through job creation, running a significant apprenticeship scheme and working with a range of local partners to create long term social value for the city.  

Tony Shaw, Director for Henry Boot Construction, said:

“This is a strategically important urban development project for Henry Boot Construction that will create a significant sustainable landmark in the cultural heart of the city.

“As part of our continued commitment to Sheffield and as a major local employer, we will deliver life changing social value outputs through our local supply chain and site-specific employment and training initiatives.”