Planning approval for former Gatecrasher Sheffield site

Cartwright Pickard Cartwright Pickard Architects

Cartwright Pickard have secured planning permission for Matilda Street, a mixed use scheme on the site of the former Gatecrasher nightclub in Sheffield.

The application is for a 5-8 storey 12,452m2 student accommodation-led mixed use development comprising retail and commercial units, 270 bedspaces made up of 156 study bedrooms and 114 studios with associated kitchen facilities, a common room with roof terrace and a landscaped courtyard. The Sheffield Star reports that the planners approved the scheme in less than a minute – with no speakers, comments or questions.

The site is located within the Creative Industries Quarter of Sheffield, an increasingly vibrant area of the city, close to Cartwright Pickard’s Sellers Wheel student accommodation scheme, which is shortlisted for a Sheffield Design Award. Although it was not possible to retain any of the original Gatecrasher warehouse building structure, which was destroyed in a fire in 2007, the ‘turntable’ landscaping to the courtyard gives a nod to the site’s past, providing social and historical interest.

The scheme adopts the courtyard model that is prevalent in the local Victorian warehouses. Commercial and retail units animate the street frontages along Eyre Lane, Matilda Street and Arundel Street and the development is topped with green roofs. As well as being sympathetic to the context, the courtyard plays a crucial role in the functioning of the proposal. It allows natural light to the inward facing rooms, is a valuable outdoor amenity space and provides a central access point to the student facilities and accommodation.

Key information
Client: City Estates
Architect: Cartwright Pickard
Landscape: DEP Landscape Architecture
Location: Sheffield
Type of project: New build
Start on site: July 2014
Completion: June 2016
Contract duration: Approx 24 months
GIA: 12,452m2