This is the first phase of the Grey to Green Corridor, an exciting project to transform Sheffield’s Riverside Business District that has turned ‘grey’ redundant road space into ‘green’ flower meadows and wetlands in a growing business and living area. This phase had a cost of £3.4 million using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF) and Sheffield City Council.
The ‘Grey to Green’ scheme has grown out of proposals in the City Centre Masterplan 2013 and is a key step towards expanding the boundary of the Sheffield City Centre back to its historic origins around the River Don.
When the Inner Relief Road was completed in 2008, it freed up large areas of tarmac carriageway previously clogged with traffic. It also provided new opportunities for quality employment and investment, particularly in professional and knowledge intensive business services. Several large law firms, architects studios, government offices and courts are already located in the area along the river and canal.
The project aims to enhance the environment and reduce barriers between the Riverside Business District, Castlegate and the rest of the city centre and then on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays. The scheme has received strong support from businesses and the public.
The Project Details
The overall Grey to Green project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant roads into attractive new linear public spaces. This will eventually include innovative perennial flower meadows, an interlinked sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), rain gardens, public art and high quality paved footways and street furniture. Phase 1, now completed, also includes five eye-catching public art 'totems'.
The project will create an attractive setting for existing and new investment and jobs, an improvement in the city’s resilience to climate change as well as an enhanced public realm and connectivity of the area with the rest of the City Centre. It also shows off new forms of partnership with the University of Sheffield Landscape School, Amey and Robert Bray Associates by sharing expertise to solve problems in an innovative way.