Exchange Works Sheffield

Student Accommodation / Business Space

Redevelopment of an former traditional works complex which had become derelict to create a new purpose built student accommodation with business space underneath at street level. Situated on the Sheffield Hallam University campus in the Cultural Industries Quarter,

  • 438 student en-suite bedrooms
  • 94 cluster units
  • 1,700 square metres commercial space
  • 5-9 storeys
  • Pre-sold to national operator

The original Exchange Works was a complex of buildings over around half an acre of city centre land that had become derelict with the decline of traditional cutlery industries. It’s superb location on the main campus of Sheffield Hallam University made it an ideal candidate for redevelopment to serve the growing needs of students to be live in modern purpose built accommodation.

The scheme comprises student accommodation for 438 students in 94 apartments, each containing a mix of two to eight bedroomed cluster flats. All bedroom are single occupancy and fully en-suite and share a common kitchen / living / dining area with the other residents of the apartment.

The ground floor is designed to have live frontages to the street with approximately 1,700 square metres of commercial business office and showroom space.

Achieving a suitable planning consent was difficult since the local authority had no recent experience of consenting tall buildings which meant that the favoured elegantly tall early schemes were dismissed in favour of a squatter building which still achieved the necessary population density required to make the project viable. The neighbouring Gatecrasher nightclub, while internationally famous, presented additional problems in terms of noise control which were overcome through negotiation and agreement to upgrade the nightclub’s building fabric and ventilation systems.

Following detailed price and performance negotiation, MJ Gleeson were appointed as the main contractor.

The project was pre-sold to the Unite Group PLC before work commenced on site.

Architect: Axis Architecture
Engineer: Capita Symonds
QS: Capita Symonds
Main Contractor: MJ Gleeson
Purchaser: Unite Group PLC

Exchange Works