Grey to Green 2 (update September 2019)

Castlegate and some areas around it have been in decline for many years. Yet it remains a main gateway into the City Centre and forms the setting of the route to and from most central hotels in Sheffield and the regenerated rivers and canals.

The ‘Grey to Green 2’ project, on site since May 2019, aims to be an outstanding example of a ‘multi-functional’ investment, encouraging new economic activity whilst promoting sustainable travel and improving climate change resilience and flood prevention

It proposes to make Exchange Place, Castlegate and Snig Hill a location for new investment, attracting additional city centre living as well as making the city more environmentally sustainable. The project will incorporate colourful meadows, trees, segregated cycle lanes and a sustainable drainage system which mitigates flooding risk. It will also improve and link up walking and cycling routes which should dramatically enhance the experience of visiting, living and working in the area as well as providing a setting for new development opportunities in the area.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2020 and has a cost of around £5.8m. The funding comes from the Sheffield City Region Growth Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (England’s ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020) and Sheffield City Council, as well as a small amount from the Canal and River Trust.

The project’s construction will bring about important changes to the highway lay-out. For example, the road capacity from the Park Square Roundabout will be reduced from four to two lanes, Castlegate (the street) will be pedestrianised and Blonk St will be opened both ways (but there will be a bus gate towards the Wicker, which does not affect current access arrangements to the NCP Car Park or the Hotels on Furnival Road).

We produce a monthly newsletter for occupiers and stakeholders with updates on the scheme. If you would like a copy of the newsletter or additional information about the scheme, please email or ring Lucia on 0114 273 6673.

We provide a single client focus for the funding, planning, design, programming and delivery of major physical economic regeneration schemes within the city. 

We played a key role in developing and promoting the flagship projects, such as Heart of the City, The Moor and Castlegate, which have changed the image of the city in the last decade, as well as major infrastructure such as Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Scheme.

Development Team

We are focussed on the regeneration of the City Centre and Upper and Lower Don Valley. We provide a comprehensive approach to regeneration, generating ideas about sites or sub-areas, developing Action Plans and Regeneration Strategies, agreeing with planners and other technical experts.

Working with our partners, we have produced successive City Centre Master Plans.

We take the lead as client on most physical projects in the City Centre and Don Valley and work closely with Transport Planning and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive on all major transport initiatives in the City Centre.

Other major regeneration projects include:

  • Castlegate
  • City Centre Breathing Spaces
  • Grey to Green
  • Knowledge Gateway, including Sheffield Hallam University
  • Riverside Business District  
  • Sheffield Retail Quarter
  • St Vincent’s Quarter
  • The Moor Regeneration
  • University of Sheffield Campus Enhancements 
  • West Bar     

We also discuss major projects within the South Yorkshire Technology Corridor, with neighbouring Councils.

Don Valley

We are also involved with the regeneration of the Upper and Lower Don Valley.

The Upper and Lower Don Valley are key employment locations and increasingly important for new housing sites. Key projects include:

Upper Don

  • new Waste Water Treatment Works for Stocksbridge
  • Claywheels Lane Sustainable Industrial Park
  • Parkwood Springs Leisure and Business Park
  • Upper Don Flood Defence
  • Lower Don

Partnership team

Our Partnership Team provides advice on property and funding issues related to regeneration projects in the City, working closely with:

  • Development Team
  • Housing and Neighbourhood Regeneration Team
  • Planning
  • regeneration agencies
  • Sheffield City Region
  • specialist consultants
  • Transport, Traffic and Parking Services

We also advise our Chief Executive on Key Flagship projects. This advice relates to:

  • accessing external funding for projects
  • commercial view on development proposals
  • land acquisitions
  • property contracts
  • sales
  • valuation


Neil Jones is the Programmes and Partnership Team Manager. He has responsibility for:

  • Central Business District
  • Cultural Industries Quarter
  • Heart of the City
  • HS2 Station
  • Lower Don Valley Riverside Business District

David Ambrose is Principal Development Officer. He has responsibility for:

  • Acquisition Programme for the Sheffield Retail Quarter
  • Stocksbridge Regeneration
  • use of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process for regeneration projects

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