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Turning 'Grey to Green' in Sheffield's Riverside Business District

Sheffield’s Riverside Business District is 1 of 3 growing business locations in the city centre which includes several major office employers, new residential apartments and the Crown and Family Courts.


Finishing touches to the First Phase of the ‘Grey to Green’ project- January 2016

The first phase of the 'Grey to Green' Corridor, an exciting project to transform Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, is nearing completion.

Progress so far

A significant amount of paving and urban drainage has now been completed. We have also begun planting trees, shrubs and bulbs around Snig Hill and Bridge St which will continue throughout January and February, provided that our contractor, North Midland Construction, doesn’t encounter delays due to extreme weather.

The temporary one-way traffic system that was introduced along West Bar in October 2015 to enable the construction of the scheme has now been permanently removed, allowing the final two way traffic system to operate.

Work still to be undertaken

Some road surfacing is expected to take place during four nights, from Sunday 31 January until Thursday 4 February 2016. The road works will take place from 8pm until 6am.

Paving, remaining public art installations and other landscape and planting works will also continue in the area until late February 2016 when the scheme will be completed. An ‘opening celebration’ will be organised in spring 2016. Further details will follow.

Further information can be found in the contractor’s updates below.




The ‘Grey to Green’ scheme has grown out of proposals in the City Centre Master Plan update of 2013.

It is a key step towards expanding the boundary of the city centre back to its historic origins around the River Don and Castlegate and it will also complement Sheffield’s bid for the location of the High Speed 2 station at the nearby former Victoria Station.


Phase 1 (West Bar Green to Lady’s Bridge)

The Changes

Phase 1 of the project will focus on a half kilometre stretch between West Bar and Lady’s Bridge, including the Magistrate, Crown and Family Courts and the former Exchange Brewery.

The overall project will transform redundant roads into an attractive new linear public spaces incorporating:

  • innovative perennial meadows
  • interlinked sustainable urban drainage system
  • rain gardens
  • public art
  • high quality paved footways and street furniture

This will create a high quality setting for a number of key development sites in the area particularly at West Bar and Exchange Place.

Timescales, Design Partners and Funding Sources

Phase 1 commenced on site in April 2015, with completion expected by the end of February 2016.

We are responsible for leading on the design, project management and delivering the project. We are also working with our partners:

  • Amey, on highways design
  • North Midland Construction, our selected contractor
  • Robert Bray Associates who are national experts on retrofitting sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and
  • University of Sheffield Landscape Department who designed the award winning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The project will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.

Above is an artist impression. Image courtesy of the University of Sheffield.


Phase 2 (Castlegate to Exchange Street)

Detailed planning for Phase 2 is due to begin in 2016, subject to funding.


Love Square

We are working with the University of Sheffield and developer URBO to deliver a new temporary open space called 'Love Square' (situated on the corner of West Bar and Bridge Street).

Love Square was originally shortlisted as one of 5 projects to win funding from the organisation Grow Wild. Unfortunately, we did not win the competition, but are still keen to see the project completed. We are committed to working with the University and seeking further funding to complete the project.

More details about the Love Square Project.


Grey to Green Public Art Commissions

Grey to Green Public Art Commissions.


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  • Modified: Feb 26, 2016 11:44:30 AM