Transformation of The Moor in Sheffield, including the introduction of a landmark building for the city’s main market.
- Client: Sheffield City Council and Aberdeen Asset Management
- Creation of a 73,000 sq ft, £18 million market building for Sheffield City Council
- Delivery of new cinema restaurants and anchor retail units
- Turnaround of a 600,000 sq ft failing retail asset
- Retail, leisure and catering including extensive public realm improvements
The Moor was traditionally one of Sheffield City Centre’s key shopping areas, but following a period of significant retail decline in the city, it has struggled.
A forward-thinking partnership between Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust (SWIPPT), now part of Aberdeen Asset Management, and Sheffield City Council (SCC) helped to unlock redevelopment, with Leslie Jones Architecture leading the masterplan to recreate and revitalise the area.
The first phase of redevelopment saw the creation of The Moor Market for Sheffield City Council, a 73,000 sq ft landmark building for the city fronted by 60,000 sq ft of retail units for Aberdeen. The position of the market resulted in a limited frontage on The Moor itself. Leslie Jones therefore designed the dramatic brass-clad arched structure incorporating a glazed entrance facade and striking internal timber structure establishing the market in the streetscape of The Moor.
Internally, Leslie Jones worked closely with management and traders at the previous dilapidated Castlegate Market to ensure the maximum area was available for the display of goods. Echoing the theatre of markets seen elsewhere across Europe, Glulam timber was used in the innovative entrance structure, while the main market roof and supporting ‘tree’ columns were arranged in diagonal grids to maximise space and draw footfall through the longest axis of the market. The market’s design is juxtaposed with the modern, rectangular design of the fronting retail units, which complement the white Portland Stone cladding of the existing buildings on The Moor.
The team is now onsite with the redevelopment of the remainder of The Moor, which will create an evening economy through the introduction of a multi-screen cinema, nine restaurant units and further retail units anchored by Primark. A high-end offer is planned to the North of The Moor, complemented with value retailers at the market end, with the overall aim of encouraging new office and residential development in the area.
The public realm has also been revitalised with 40,000 sq ft of new paving, street furniture and planting, funded by Aberdeen as part of the partnership with SCC. Stunning new kiosks are also being introduced in order to further diversify the offering on The Moor creating a lively and engaging public space.
Sympathetic to the existing urban fabric, Leslie Jones has designed a scheme to appeal to modern retailers and consumers with one of Yorkshire’s largest concentrations of small businesses sitting alongside nationwide brands to create an exciting new shopping and leisure destination. The Moor now successfully competes with out-of-town schemes to draw from a wider catchment and Sheffield has begun to regain its place as a major regional shopping destination.