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Rise Homes celebrates completion of £37m Ironworks scheme in Sheffield

Tuesday September 19, 2023

Rise Homes yesterday hosted an opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of its £37m, 12-storey apartment scheme, The Ironworks in Sheffield.


The Ironworks is a regeneration project situated upon the site of the former Queen’s Hotel which previously stood on Scotland Street. The project brings much needed quality homes, built with a focus on sustainability to the heart of Sheffield.

The opening celebration was a chance for invited guests, local dignitaries, suppliers, and partners to view and enjoy the completed development and its fabulous communal amenity spaces whilst learning a little about the pioneering technology used within the building and how it will help benefit residents.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Colin Ross addressed the audience, highlighting the importance of such initiatives in shaping a sustainable and eco-conscious future for Sheffield.

Councillor Ross commented “This project is more than just a building; it symbolises our city’s resilience and commitment to a greener future. The collaboration between Rise Homes and its partners, is a testament to what can be achieved when we unite with a shared vision. Sheffield’s legacy of innovation continues, and I am proud to inaugurate this remarkable development.”

The Lord Mayor’s attendance at the event underscores Sheffield’s dedication to sustainable urban development and the city’s support for projects that enhance the well-being of its residents. Rise Homes’ innovative approach to housing has positioned Sheffield as a leader in eco-friendly urban living.

The grand opening ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, representatives from Rise Homes, Clegg, Taconova UK, and other key stakeholders. It provided a platform for showcasing the remarkable strides being made in sustainable housing in the region.

The Ironworks features 229 one and two-bedroom apartments, along with a fitness suite, rooftop garden, an external courtyard, a communal lounge, workstations, and a multimedia room which can be used to host meetings or movie nights.

The complex is one of very few private rental sector schemes in the city and has attracted considerable interest with strong early lettings and enquiries.

It includes a range of sustainability features such as a biomass energy centre providing hot water and heating throughout the building.

Nigel Rawlings, CEO of Rise Homes, said: “We are very proud to have completed The Ironworks in Sheffield, providing an attractive modern living space in the heart of the city. The development is a superb urban apartment scheme which embraces the city’s industrial heritage, and we are delighted to see how much interest it has already attracted.”

During demolition of the former Queen’s Hotel which previously stood on Scotland Street on the site of The Ironworks, and as part of site preparations and enabling work, Bronze Age pottery fragments estimated to be 3,500 years’ old were unearthed.

A nod to more recent history has helped to inspire public art and slate paving at the scheme, which features excerpts from Orwellian phrases taken from author George Orwell’s account of Sheffield based on a visit in 1936.

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