Topping out of Acero – the next phase of the successful Sheffield DC development

Pictured are Kevin McCabe, chairman of Scarborough International Properties, and Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, marking the topping out of Acero, a new addition to Sheffield’s iconic skyline



Scarborough International Properties (SIPL) has celebrated a key construction milestone at Acero, the new 80,000 sq ft office building at its Sheffield DC development.

Guests from across Sheffield and the wider region were able to survey the new building during a traditional ‘topping-out’ ceremony held on site. 

Attendees included Scarborough’s chairman, Kevin McCabe and Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council. They were joined by Andy Bruce, managing director of the main contractor GMI Construction and other guests. The event celebrated GMI’s rapid progress since construction began at the start of the year. Guests were able to see the striking architecture of Acero which is now taking shape.  

Acero is due to be completed in summer 2017 and will offer just over 80,000 sq ft of flexible Grade A office accommodation over six floors, with floorplates of up to 14,700 sq ft. The building has a prominent position directly opposite Sheffield’s mainline railway station and sits adjacent to Sheffield Parkway, providing direct access to the M1.

The speculative scheme is a 50:50 joint venture between Scarborough and Metro Holdings Limited of Singapore.  

Kevin McCabe, chairman of Scarborough Group International, said: “We are delighted to have reached this major milestone. Acero is the latest in a series of developments that point to our confidence in the business, our confidence in Sheffield and our confidence in ‘The Northern Powerhouse’.

“DC has fast become the most prominent city business park in Sheffield. Acero will make a strong addition by delivering 80,000 sq ft of new office space at a time of growing interest from occupiers. Working with the Council, GMI and other partners we are delivering an exemplary business district that will only go from strength to strength.” 

Coun Bramall said: “This is an excellent development which will attract national firms given its connections to the railway and ring road. It combines the local expertise of the Scarborough group and is backed by investment from Singapore, complementing the council’s long-term strategy to create a knowledge corridor from Castlegate to the railway station and into the creative industries quarter.” 

Andy Bruce, managing director of GMI Construction, said: “We have continued to make excellent progress on Acero since the start of construction at the beginning of the year. This is a flagship project for GMI and we’re delighted to be involved in delivering a new major office building for Sheffield.” 

Acero is being let by Commercial Property Partners (CPP) and Fernie Greaves, who are talking to a number of interested occupiers.


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