A former grocery store and coffee roastery in Sheffield’s popular Kelham Island district are to be converted into 40 new apartments.
The developer Ashgate is regenerating the currently disused Nichols Building and creating a mixed-use project with private residential units and 10,000 m² of commercial space.
Previously specializing in student accommodation for the Sheffield community, this is the developer’s first private rental program.
The development will retain many of the building’s original features, including mosaic tiles, stone and masonry, and include new energy efficiency measures to minimize the development’s carbon footprint – including 4,000 square feet of solar panels that generate electricity to heat water.
Matthew Jacques, Ashgate Director, said, “The Nichols Building has a rich history and is an iconic place on Kelham Island, so we were determined to give it a new life. Our project will not only bring the building back to productive use, it will also enable Sheffield residents to live a sustainable, environmentally friendly life. “
The plans are backed by a £ 3.25 million package from Lloyds Bank and work is slated to begin this summer, with development opening its doors in May 2022.
Mr Jacques said the funding allowed the team to maximize the property’s green credentials without sacrificing its heritage and character. “
When the construction and renovation is complete, the award-winning local designer 93ft will complete the project with a minimalist interior that highlights the building’s original features.
Peter Egan, Relationship Director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Developers like Ashgate play a big role in helping the UK meet its ambitious net-zero carbon targets. Future-oriented concepts like this not only help to preserve and regenerate popular common goods, but also to create new houses that are really future-proof. ”