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Sheffield post office revamp gets phase three go-ahead

The third phase of revamping Sheffield’s former Head Post Office looks set to proceed after it won support from city planning officers.

Officers recommended phase three, which includes the construction of a major student development, for approval when the city’s planning committee meets next Tuesday.

Designed by Axis Architecture, the next round of development will see client Langland Estates build two towers of 10 and 16 storeys that will house 241 student beds as well as communal space.

The student accommodation will sit adjacent to the Grade-II listed Head Post Office (pictured), which was fully refurbished in 2015 at a cost of £9m. The former post office is now home to Sheffield Hallam University’s art and design courses.

According to intelligence provider Glenigan, the new development will cost approximately £13m.

City planning officers said that although the scheme was “not strictly in accordance with land use policies”, the site was “a logical place for a tall building and a development of this character”.

“The proposal comprises comprehensive redevelopment works and a high-quality architectural design, [and] it will provide a new use for the site, which will significantly enliven it and enhance the surroundings,” the planners’ report said.

Plans had been approved for previous proposals featuring a much larger mixed 22 and 14-storey student accommodation building, but these were never progressed.

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