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.
Office 3 is the final building which concludes the masterplan for the Heart of the City project. Arranged around an offset core on 10 floors including ground level it provides approximately 7,094m2 (net) of flexible office space.
The form of the building, whilst conceived as a response to the context, was also viewed as a termination for the office developments along Norfolk Street – taking up position in its prominent site. The single volume, large scale approach is consistent with the urban setting.
The upper elements of the tripartite façade are proposed in glass with a refined steel fame – paying homage to Sheffield’s historical steelwork industry. The glazed crystalline ground floor retail units provide a transition between the two elements of the stone podium and the refined steel office block. The facade is a stick curtain walling system aligning with the 1500mm planning grid. Glazing is floor to ceiling. Anodised aluminium spandrel panels provide a rainscreen cladding to the edge of the floor slab and service zone supported from the curtain walling on a concealed carrier system. A series of solid blanking panels made from bronze anodised aluminium provide solar control emitting of sunlight / heat gain to the office occupants. The central section of the North façade is clad with bronze anodised aluminium rainscreen cloaking the WC core. Gritstone is also utilized at ground floor level and for the adjacent public realm, tying in with its usage on Offices 1 and 2, the St Paul's Hotel and City Lofts residential buildings.