Rise Homes completes its £37m The Ironworks Build to Rent scheme in Sheffield, marking the milestone yesterday with an official opening ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Colin Ross. The Lord Mayor’s attendance underscores Sheffield’s dedication to sustainable urban development and the city’s support for projects that enhance the wellbeing of its residents.
The Ironworks ceremony was attended by invited guests, local dignitaries, representatives from Rise Homes, Clegg, Taconova UK, and other key stakeholders. It provided a platform for showcasing the remarkable strides being made in sustainable housing in the region.
Addressing the audience, the Lord Mayor highlighted the importance of such initiatives in shaping a sustainable and eco-conscious future for Sheffield. The celebration also gave guests the opportunity to view and enjoy the completed development and its amenity spaces, whilst learning about the pioneering technology used within the building and how it will help benefit residents.
“This project is more than just a building; it symbolises our city’s resilience and commitment to a greener future. The collaboration between Rise Homes and its partners, is a testament to what can be achieved when we unite with a shared vision. Sheffield’s legacy of innovation continues, and I am proud to inaugurate this remarkable development.”Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Colin Ross
The 12-storey Build to Rent scheme features 229 new homes – a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project brings much needed quality homes, built with a focus on sustainability, to the heart of Sheffield.
Amenities include a fitness suite, rooftop garden, external courtyard, communal lounge, workstations, and a multimedia room which can be used to host meetings or movie nights. Both the apartments and communal spaces were designed and furnished by David Phillips.
The Ironworks highlights Rise Homes’ innovative approach to housing. The development includes a range of sustainability features including a biomass energy centre providing hot water and heating throughout the building.
“We are very proud to have completed The Ironworks in Sheffield, providing an attractive modern living space in the heart of the city. The development is a superb urban apartment scheme which embraces the city’s industrial heritage, and we are delighted to see how much interest it has already attracted.”Nigel Rawlings, CEO, Rise Homes
The Ironworks scheme is a regeneration project situated upon the site of the former Queen’s Hotel, which previously stood on Scotland Street. During demolition, Bronze Age pottery fragments estimated to be 3,500 years’ old were unearthed.
A nod to more recent history helped to inspire public art and slate paving at the scheme, which features excerpts from Orwellian phrases taken from author George Orwell’s account of Sheffield based on a visit in 1936.
The Ironworks development is one of very few private rental sector schemes in the city and has attracted considerable interest with strong early lettings and enquiries.