Blades unveil plans for Boundary Corner

15th February 2017

Exciting plans to further develop the land surrounding Sheffield United's stadium, have been unveiled.

and it could see Blades fans living the dream! The Blades are seeking to develop the Cherry Street / Shoreham Street Corner and have submitted a planning application that will see the development Boundary Corner, (a nod towards the stadium's footballing/cricketing heritage), a four storey largely residential building which will feature an impressive ground floor new Club retail outlet. The 21st century Blades Superstore, will replace and double the size of the current one at the South Stand. It will feature a fan zone. The existing Club shop could be used as a conference or event facility. The site currently hosts some car parking for Sheffield United. Planners have welcomed the principle of a development in the location, where a strong, contemporary architectural proposal has been designed whilst sensitively considering the nearby properties. The scheme drawn-up by Sheffield United's retained architects WCEC features in long term business plans from the owners focussing on ever improving stadium facilities contributing robustly to the future business performance of the Club. Scarborough International Properties is project managing the development at Cherry Street / Shoreham Street Corner. -The corner site we are developing could fulfil a dream for some of our supporters a chance to live at the home of football! It will also enable the Club to expand the Superstore, said Sheffield United director Simon McCabe. Fellow director Scott McCabe said: -Significantly it is part of a route we are taking whereby we have identified several opportunities to further develop and improve the ground and the immediate surrounding area as we seek to build a broader commercial, leisure and entertainment offer, developing additional revenue streams to support the aim of supporting United's return to the upper levels of the English game. -Further development of the stadium area is a positive move to enhance income streams, ultimately supporting our plans for the key football side of the business, added Scott. The proposals come in the wake of extensive modernisation undertaken in recent years including the installation of a state of the art Desso pitch giving the Club greater use of the ground for events and other activities during close seasons. -We are working on several exciting projects to bring new activities and events to Bramall Lane soon, said Simon McCabe. WCEC's Chief Executive Ashley Turner said: We are delighted to be working as architects for Sheffield United. Following on from now completed projects such as the Westfield Corner Stand and Copthorne Hotel, we will take great pride in further enhancing what is an already superb venue starting with the Cherry Street and Shoreham Street developments. Other proposals under consideration for the stadium include: Chaucer's Yard (Countess Road) formerly a cutlery casting workshop and is Grade II listed in part. The site is located immediately off John Street and Countess Road and is situated within the John Street Conservation Area. Pre-application discussions have begun with the local authority, assessing the feasibility of new residential and commercial space alongside a refurbished Chaucer Yard development. Bramall Lane / Cherry Street Residential WCEC is appraising the viability for an eight-storey residential development in two blocks on the Bramall Lane / Cherry Street corner adjacent to the Copthorne Hotel. Kop Extension / Business Centre (Kop to South Stand Corner) - Planning permission has been retained for a 3,200-seat extension at the back of the existing Kop, including a new roof and over trusses to allow the four existing roof support columns to be removed and the introduction of a new concourse with improved facilities. As part of this scheme permission was also granted for a new Business Enterprise Centre on stilts in the Kop/South Stand corner, allowing entry/exit routes to/from the Kop and South Stand to remain. John Street / Shoreham Street residential - Planning permission has been retained and obtained for a three and four storey residential development consisting of 52 apartments on the corner of John Street / Shoreham Street John Street Corner Stand Executive Boxes - Assessments are ongoing for a concept proposal to create additional executive boxes at high level at the back of the corner stand. Detailed costings will determine if the project is viable. South Stand - Clean and improve the façade, creating a matching look with the hotel and a clearer identity to the component parts of the stand.

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