New plans revealed for city centre park

A three week public consultation has been launched by Heart of the City on plans for a new city centre park.

The park, named Pound’s Park after Superintendent John Charles Pound, Sheffield’s first Chief Fire Officer, is the newest addition to the ongoing Heart of The City II regeneration project, which started in 2004.

Sheffield City Council is eager to hear the public’s comments on the ongoing plans prior to a formal planning application that will be made on March 24.

Pound Park will sit on the site of the former fire station and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters, at western end of the Heart of the City development between Rockingham, Wellington and Carver streets. 

Notable features in the Pound Park plans include new bus stops on Rockingham and installing the William Mitchell frieze.

Previous plans from 2018 earmarked the site for a new multi storey car park, hotel and over 150,000 square metres of office space but the recent updates are more green and sustainable in line with the City Centre Breathing Spaces Strategy as a way to ‘build back better’ from the effect of COVID 19.

Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Grocutt, said: “In Sheffield we have developed a truly distinctive and high-quality public realm in the city centre, through our Grey to Green scheme and in areas such as Charter Square. 

“Pound’s Park will see a continuation of this quality, helping us to create a strong sense of character and connection across the whole city centre. Trees and planting will remain a key feature, being used extensively to provide colour and seasonal interest, increase biodiversity, and provide sustainable management of rainwater.

“Our plans are ambitious and will reinvent the expectations of a city park, with a special focus on incorporating a multitude of experiences for playing, relaxation and socialising.”

Pound Park’s funding will come from the Government’s Getting Building Fund and Transforming Cities Fund (Sheffield City Region).

To view and comment on the plans, visit http://heartofsheffield.com/news/pounds-park-consultation-summary

 

Written by Mmesoma Muogilim

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