Castle site transformation

Castlegate and some areas around it have been in decline for many years, partly due to relocation of large retailers and the poor quality of the local environment. Yet it remains a main gateway into the City Centre, linking most central hotels in Sheffield, Victoria Quays, the Wicker, arts organisations and other businesses in the Riverside Business District to the rest of the City Centre.

We secured funding from the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) in October 2021 to transform the Castle site, which was once home to Sheffield Castle and Castle Market. It is currently boarded up and in a derelict state. The proposed vision and concept design, will create a new exciting public space in Castlegate, that focuses on heritage, culture and sustainability. It will also help re-establish Castlegate as a vital part of the city centre.

With the grant available to us, we plan to transform the Castle site with:

  • an extension of ‘grey to green’ type planting
  • footpaths
  • a community events space
  • lighting
  • a de-culverted River Sheaf
  • other essential infrastructure needed to unlock the future commercial development of small parts of the site

A planning application will be made in early 2023 and the project needs to be completed by spring 2024 (grant requirement).

Although we have estimated the cost of the proposed interventions in the Concept Plan vision for the site, we will not know if we can afford to do everything until we procure the works next year. Similarly, the maintenance costs for the new space (which we will be funding as they are not included in the LUF grant), are still to be calculated. We will update the costs as the project progresses and make any changes to achieve a balanced budget.

Key dates for the project are:

  • 7 to 20 November 2022 – public consultation
  • December 2022 – report issued on the outcome of the consultation
  • January 2023 – submission of planning application
  • Summer 2023 – start on site
  • Spring 2024 – planned project completion

If you would like to be kept informed of progress on the project, please provide your contact details on the online survey.

Have your say on the future of the Castle site

We welcome your views on the Concept Plan for the new public space, to inform the ongoing design process.

    You can give us feedback on the Concept Plan for the new public space, either in person or online from 7 to 20 November 2022.

    In person

    You can:

    • visit the exhibition stand at the Moor Market, 8 to 11 November (daily, 9am to 5pm)
    • attend one session about the proposed Concept Plan. It will be held at 18 Exchange St (Sheffield, S2 5TS). There are limited spaces so those wishing to attend must sign up to the event on Eventbrite:
    • attend an online Zoom session explaining the Concept Plan on Thursday 17 November 6pm to 8pm, register in advance for this meeting
    • visit the ‘Castlegate Futures: Urban Room’ at 18 Exchange Street (Sheffield S2 5TS) on 12 and 13 November and 17 to 20 November for a programme of events, exhibitions and activities (check Live Works website for opening times and booking details)


    You can find out more information on the Concept Plan and complete the online survey (from 7 November).

    We look forward to hearing your views on the future of the Castle site.

    Contact City Regeneration

    Floor 4, Howden House
    1 Union Street
    S1 2SH

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