Pond Gate Estate 1 Ltd and Pond Gate Estate 2 Ltd have submitted a development application to Sheffield City Council for a new project located between the O2 Academy and Odeon Sheffield, just off Arundel Gate.
The innovative development is set to include a variety of amenities, such as food and drink units, event spaces, and a dedicated stage for live music. These spaces will be contained within a series of shipping containers, organized over two floors surrounding a central open-air ‘plaza’ seating area. Food and beverage vendors are planned to occupy these spaces.
Additionally, the project will involve the construction of a concrete podium deck designed for live music and entertainment performances. A screen will be suspended at the rear of the stage, with other screens distributed throughout the site and at upper levels.
The development is expected to cover an area of approximately 26,350 sq ft and is projected to generate employment opportunities, with 54 full-time and 86 part-time positions. Operating hours are intended to be from 7am to 1am, seven days a week, with an estimated annual footfall of about one million visitors.
Notably, STACK, known for similar successful ventures in the North East, will oversee the operation of this project, developed through a coordinated joint application process. SPARK:YORK a similar box park in York city centre has proven popular with locals and tourists alike. It serves up a variety of street food options and puts on events for such things as the World Cup.
Sheffield council’s own container park venue on Fargate was dismantled, just six months after the complex opened, which has left some residents sceptical of the new proposal.
Neill Winch, CEO of STACK, is delighted with the proposed plans for Sheffield saying: “STACK is one of the UK’s fastest growing leisure brands and Sheffield was very much on our list of key target venues.
“The development will provide a massive boost to the local economy as a visitor attraction but also to other businesses in the area because of the interest and footfall STACK generates.
“Our experience to date shows us the value and vibrancy STACK brings to an area and we look forward to working with existing operators and all local stakeholders in enhancing the leisure and hospitality offering in Sheffield.”
Visit STACK’s website for more information about the proposal here.
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