Business 29.10.21

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to benefit from Government’s Levelling Up Fund

Sheffield has been successfully awarded the full £37m requested from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, with £17m allocated for investment in Attercliffe and £20m to redevelop the historic Castlegate area in the city centre.

For Attercliffe, the Levelling Up Fund will focus on joining up investment in leading-edge employment, travel, and quality of life to transform perceptions of Attercliffe, placing it once again at the centre of Sheffield’s most exciting developments.

At the heart of the proposal is the development of the National Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. Led by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the CCHT will be the first of its kind and bring together medical professionals, patients, and families to deliver the world’s most advanced and integrated health care system for children.

This will be supported by investment in wider regeneration initiatives in Attercliffe including: improving links between Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and the High Street; creating a more welcoming environment and street scene and refurbishing historic buildings in the area to provide a cultural hub and event space on the high street, strengthening Attercliffe’s sense of community and pride in their local area.

The regeneration of Attercliffe will help to stimulate investment and make Attercliffe a better place to live, work and visit.

Ruth Brown, Acting CEO at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this level of support, which will allow us to start work on developing the Child Health Technology Centre next year. We’re working with other partners to finalise the remaining funding, but the Budget announcement is a huge step towards our target.

“We know this centre will bring enormous benefit to healthcare of children across the UK but also internationally. By bringing together clinicians, academics, and industry, we have a fantastic opportunity to lead this exciting work from here in Sheffield and provide healthier futures for children and young people everywhere.

“It seems particularly appropriate the funding for this should come from the Levelling Up Fund, as it is clear inequalities have a vast impact on the health of children and young people. Investment in work to address these inequalities is essential to give all children a chance for a strong healthy future.”

Richard Caborn, Legacy Park Ltd Chair, said: “This is a very welcome announcement and a major building block in the financial structures we are putting in place to ensure that the largest, most advanced child health technology centre in the world will be on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in 2022.”

The funding will also enhance travel routes between Attercliffe High Street and Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, complementing investment in walking, cycling and public transport planned as part of the Transforming Cities Fund. A new cycle hub will be created to encourage active travel and improve links to and from the high street.

One of the key elements of the regeneration project will be to provide a cultural hub and event space on the high street, strengthening Attercliffe’s sense of community and pride in the local area.

Mark Jackson, of Scarborough Group, said: “We are naturally delighted to hear the Chancellor’s announcement of the Levelling Up Fund investment and the support that it will bring to Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and surrounding communities.

“The Centre for Child Health Technology is an extraordinary opportunity to promote health and wellbeing in the region and across the Nation, and Scarborough Group looks forward to continuing its decades of partnership with public sector organisations, in this case Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust”.

For Castlegate, the £20m funding will be used to initiate three new projects to transform under-used areas of the city centre, also celebrating Sheffield’s cultural and arts scene.

The River Sheaf will be de-culverted, making Castlegate a focal point of the city centre, introducing new greenery and public spaces, creating an attractive area for people to visit. The land around the site will also be prepared for future uses that focus on education innovation and encouraging healthy lifestyles following public consultation.

The fund will also help create two new arts destinations in the city centre. Park Hill Art Space will offer a new home to artists across the city, giving the opportunity for creators to work collaboratively, learn and showcase their work in one of the largest contemporary galleries in the north. A six-acre sculpture park will connect the Art Space to Castlegate.

Harmony Works, a collaboration between Sheffield Music Academy (SMA) and Sheffield Music Hub will move to a new home in Canada House, giving the organisation a fit-for-purpose, accessible home in the centre of the city.

With a new city centre home, both organisations would be able to support the musical ambitions of children and young people from every corner of the city. It would also provide better transport access for students as SMA, and The Hub currently operate from ‘borrowed’ facilities in areas that result in extended travelling time for many of the students.

Plans also include a multi-purpose space to allow students and other users to perform to the public.

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This funding is a huge boost to the city and reflects the ambition and confidence we have in Sheffield to move forwards and reach our full potential. The regeneration of Castlegate and Attercliffe will provide much needed investment in these areas, building on the fantastic work already developed recently, supporting the local economy, driving footfall, and improving health and wellbeing.

“I’m proud of our success and would like to thank all of our partners for their hard work and dedication in putting together bids that will provide so many new opportunities for all those who live, work, learn and enjoy our fantastic city.”

It is expected that overall delivery of the projects covered by the funding will be in 2024.