Sheffield’s £65m Chinatown development to launch first student apartments later this year

The £65m Chinatown development in Sheffield is set to welcome its first residents.

The first student apartments at New Era Square will be ready by August as part of the mixed leisure, commercial and residential development, which includes a 20-storey sky scraper.

One hundred studio apartments will be available this September at the destination between London Road and the nearby Sheffield United stadium in Bramall Lane.

Features of the studios, which are now available for students to sign up as tenants, include a double bed with all bedding provided, en-suite shower room, kitchen area with a two-ring hob, microwave oven, fridge-freezer and small appliances, dining table and crockery and cutlery included.

The living areas will also be furnished with furniture and floor to ceiling windows which will flood the apartments with natural light and provide views across the city.

Additional facilities include high speed broadband with BT fibre optic WiFi, launderette, which includes a LaundryView mobile app that allows students to see how many washing machines are currently available, 24/7 security via CCTV and fob access, recycling facilities, receptionist onsite and access to a 24/7 emergency line.

The apartments are being managed by Omnia Space, which specialises in residential lettings and property management across Sheffield.

New Era Square is set to transform the area and New Era Development Ltd, the Sheffield-based company behind the project, said it will create a “cosmopolitan, international, multi-cultural square that is available to all.“

When completed, the development will be home to a total of approximately 600 accommodation units, predominately 26-30 sq m studio rooms, plus micro-flats.

Jerry Cheung, managing director of New Era Development, said: “New Era Square has been more than 10 years in the making so we are delighted to see the first group of student apartments nearing completion. This is a landmark development for Sheffield, the region and the UK and represents substantial investment for the city.

“We want to bring a distinct international feel to Sheffield and the ethos behind the development is very much to create a mixed-use space for the whole community, which will bring people together.

“As well as the high specification facilities within the apartments, they will also benefit from the on-site facilities in the ground floor retail and dining outlets and have a unique student living experience that will not be found anywhere else in the UK.“

The project will also include retail units, food and drink outlets on the ground floor, leading out to an open-air square for events. The new KH Oriental supermarket will span two levels and will already be in place in the new building when the first students arrive.

In the second phase of the development, there will be business office space, an exhibition hall and a China Business Incubator to enhance enterprise and trade between China and the UK.