November 2021

Planning approved for Sheffield's historic Leah's Yard
An application to transform historic Leah’s Yard on Sheffield's Cambridge Street into a creative hub for independent businesses has been approved by Sheffield Council and Queensberry as part of our work on the Heart of the City project. The project aims to breathe new life into the building by transforming it into a new 14,500 sq ft destination for local independent businesses and retailers, socialising and enterprise.

It will see the existing Leah’s Yard complex refurbished largely in its current form, bringing the building - which has long been listed on Historic England’s ‘Building at Risk’ register - back into a viable and sustainable use.

A bustling central public courtyard will be surrounded by small boutique shops, while the first and second floors will host around 20 independent working studios. New-build structures will adjoin the southern side of the development, behind the retained 24-26 Cambridge Street frontage.

George Wilson, Associate at FCBStudios said: "By celebrating and working with the existing fabric of the Listed building, we plan to create a place that is distinctly 'of Sheffield' and truly unique in its character and setting. It will also reflect the city’s bold ambitions and responds to the future of city centres as experience-led destinations."

Leah’s Yard will sit alongside the upcoming Cambridge Street Collective and Bethel Chapel developments – both currently under construction – that will feature a contemporary food hall, cookery school, fine dining experience and live entertainment spaces. If the application is approved, construction work is expected to begin later this year with a target completion and public opening date of Christmas 2022. 

Planning approved for Sheffield's historic Leah's Yard