St. Paul's Place,
CTP St. James
St. Paul’s Place, Sheffield represents the completion of the commercial components of the original Heart of the City Masterplan for the site formerly occupied in part by the 1970’s extension to the grade 1 listed Town Hall.
The masterplan introduced two new key pedestrian routes, one linking Arundel Gate and Norfolk Street, and the other Charles Street, St. Paul’s Place and the Winter Gardens. The new stepped routes ascend to meet a new built level plateau at St. Paul’s Place level. Office buildings one and two, together with the multi-storey car park (MSCP) are by Allies and Morrison. A thirty storey residential tower is by Conran and Partners.
Conceptually, building three, which comprises 85,000ft2 offices and 9,000ft2 retail, is conceived as a highly glazed rectangular box, sitting on a scale-defining stone plinth which addresses the level change across the site, and which ‘folds’ upwards to form the north elevation and over at roof level to architecturally enclose a roof top plant room. In doing so it adopts the tripartite composition of buildings one and two, with retail space being within the plinth, offices within the middle, and plant room surmounting the top. Car parking and servicing is by a basement which extends under all buildings.
The building adopts the sectional heights of its neighbours, but significantly the offices rise 11 storeys above ground. This is intended to reinforce the cohesive quality of the eastern side of Norfolk Street and Charles Street, which in turn will establish nodal relationships with other taller buildings in Union Street and within the New Retail Quarter.
Building two and the MCSP will be completed at the end of 2008, with building three following on.