The long-term plan for Fargate is to address the decline of retail and focus on leisure instead.
The regeneration of The Moor as a retail destination and the future development of Heart of the City II, which on completion will consolidate the retail core to the south of Fargate, has prompted Sheffield City Council to bid for up to £25million of government funding to improve the pedestrianised street.
It comes as no surprise then that the council has granted planning permission for the conversion of the old Next building at the corner of Norfolk Row.
Woodhead Investments’ proposal for a dining venue, along with a roof terrace fronting Norfolk Row, was accepted by the council, seen as regenerating the area.
Next relocated to The Moor in August, and the empty store was used as a pop-up Christmas shop during November and December.
The unit will be renovated to designs by Pearce Bottomley Architects, using new glazed panels and stone cladding, with a minimalist clock placed at the front of the building.