Sustainable property developer Citu has unveiled the newly-restored, £3.6m Eagle Works in the heart of Sheffield’s Kelham Island district, releasing five unique office spaces totalling 10,769 square foot.
Once at the heart of Sheffield’s industrial revolution, the 19th-Century mill building offers space for up to 125 people. Eagle Works has been sensitively renovated by the Citu in-house team which spent more than two years on the project. Huge arch windows, original timber beams and wrought iron columns have all being salvaged and restored as part of its long heritage.
Known for its world-leading sustainable credentials – as seen in its neighbouring Little Kelham development – Citu has ensured that Eagle Works is also equipped with the latest in sustainable technology.
The scheme boasts 159 kilowatts of solar panels and biomass heating, all of which can be controlled by the office tenants via the Actuate app. The app lets tenants track electricity, heating and water usage and also has a “work and away switch”, meaning all non-essential circuits can be turned off remotely, saving businesses energy and money.
The electricity for the building will come from 100 per cent renewable sources, and the city centre location encourages tenants to travel on foot or public transport, reducing their individual carbon footprint in the process. There is also cycle racks on site for cyclists to safely store their bikes.
Chris Thompson, managing director of Citu, said: “Eagle Works is a beautiful building in a fantastic location, so it’s been a real labour of love to tear away the decades of decay and neglect to finally reveal a very special space to work.”
He added: “As with all our projects, sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do and Eagle Works is no exception. It offers some of the highest green credentials of any office space available in Sheffield at the moment which is very appealing to businesses who care about the environment and want to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Tom Shelton, lettings agent at Fox Lloyd Jones and responsible for letting the spaces, said: “Kelham Island has seen a huge amount of regeneration in the last ten years, and it’s now one of the most sought-after areas to locate a business in Sheffield. With an abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby, as well as a plethora of creative businesses, it’s a perfect mix of heritage and contemporary.”
Tim Bottrill, founder and owner of Colloco, joint lettings agent for Eagle Works, said: “Thanks to its second-to-none green credentials and first-class location, Eagle Works is a development which we expect to be hugely popular with SMEs in the city. The spaces are totally unique and completely stand out from other offices in Sheffield city centre.”
Eagle Works is easily accessible, with the tram and bus networks just a ten-minute walk away and the city centre, train station and universities all a 20-minute walk.
The newly renovated building was opened for the first time on 26&27 October and hosted an array of art exhibitions, craft stalls and food & drink pop-ups, with the public enjoying a sneak preview of the renovations before the space is leased out.