Gatecrasher Apartments 

This 9,810m² student accommodation-led mixed use development includes retail and commercial space, 270 bedspaces made up of 156 study bedrooms and 114 studios with kitchen facilities, a common room, communal roof terrace and a landscaped courtyard.

Client  City Estates
Location  Sheffield
Completion  2016
Cost  £10m


  • RIBA Stages 1-6
  • Architectural design

The site is located within the Creative Industries Quarter of Sheffield, an increasingly vibrant area of the city, popular with students and close to our award-winning Sellers Wheel complex.

It was not possible to retain any of the original warehouse building structure, which was once home to Gatecrasher nightclub and was destroyed in a fire in 2007, but 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.

"Gatecrasher looks more like a new Private Residential Sector building than a traditional student accommodation ‘punched window’ typology. The full height windows, recessed brickwork, depth of openings and reveals and attention to the brick detailing has allowed us to design and deliver another great building within the CIQ of Sheffield with our client and delivery team."

Peter Cartwright, Founding Director

Photography Cloud 9 Photography and Tom Kahler