Sheffield Council reach a deal for transformational zero-carbon scheme

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Attercliffe Sheffield

The highly anticipated Attercliffe Waterside project in Sheffield is moving forward as Sheffield City Council and sustainable developer Citu have officially exchanged contracts and signed an agreement for the site. 

Zero-carbon community

Spanning 23 acres, this urban regeneration initiative will revitalise unused land adjacent to the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. It aims to create one of the largest zero-carbon communities in the UK, comprising over 1,000 eco-friendly residences, climate-conscious creative workspaces, an arts venue, and retail spaces, all contributing to a vibrant neighbourhood.

Heat Pumps SheffieldCitu has grand aspirations for the project, aiming to establish new sustainability benchmarks in Yorkshire. They are leveraging their extensive expertise in transforming vacant or abandoned brownfield sites, as demonstrated by their successful development of low-carbon residential communities in Kelham Island and the Climate Innovation District in the southern area of Leeds city centre.

Jonathan Wilson, Managing Director of Citu said: “We have a long-term investment in Sheffield, creating award-winning new communities and employing dozens of local people here for more than a decade. It’s fitting that the city will be home to one of our most ambitious schemes to date. This site has a rich history and is looking for a new chapter that will be at the forefront of tackling the biggest crisis of our generation, the climate emergency.  

We will use our 20-plus years of experience in sustainable placemaking to ensure we create a new neighbourhood that will work in harmony with the natural surroundings and exceptional beauty of this area, creating lasting impact for the community to thrive.” 

In the upcoming weeks, Citu plans to submit planning for the initial phase of the scheme, which will include over 400 new homes and the conversion of existing buildings to form extensive arts, leisure and workspace opportunities. Notably, Citu will employ its groundbreaking timber-framed housing system to build these houses. This system combines bold architecture with flexible designs, exceptional spaces and sustainable, low-carbon materials to ensure the highest standards of energy efficiency.

The first phase will develop the heart of the district transforming existing buildings into the new neighbourhood’s cultural centre with bars, an independent bakery and art studios. Extensive remediation works will now get underway, with new infrastructure installed before construction work commences on site in 2024.

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