Grey to Green

One of the strongest green structures of any city in the UK...

There are already two and a half million trees in Sheffield and proposals are underway to transform West Bar and the City Centre road which borders the West Bar Square site. 

Wildflowers, bulbs, grasses and trees will be planted as part of the £3.6m Grey to Green scheme, to make the area more attractive to pedestrians, cyclists, workers and developers.

The scheme will transform the corridor linking Riverside Business District and West Bar Square to the rest of the City centre with a strong emphasis on flood prevention.

A 650 metre corridor of porous surfaces will provide a sustainable solution to surface water drainage reducing run off to the river within the ‘flood zone’ and helping to reduce flood risk from surface water.  An increase in tree street cover and shade will also offset the increasing heat island effect of climate change.

Love Square
Alongside the Grey to Green development is Love Square, a new type of urban nature park that is colourful, exciting, beautiful and full of interest throughout the year.

Located on the edge of West Bar Square, on land owned by Urbo, the Love Square project is being coordinated by Urbo and the University of Sheffield, working closely with Sheffield City Council and a range of local community groups.

It features a contemporary café set in a colourful wildflower meadow and trees. Love Square will be a bright new public space in the City. The space is being designed for Urbo by Professor Nigel Dunnett of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape, who was responsible for the renowned wild flower meadow landscapes of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Sheffield is fortunate to have one of the strongest green structures of any city in the UK. All the features of a green structure in effect work together to make the City more environmentally sustainable.”
European Commission’s COST Action C11


Peter Swallow or Andy Dainty,
Directors, Urbo Regeneration Ltd.

36 The Bridge Business Centre
Beresford Way
Chesterfield S41 9FG
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