Sheffield Woolworths

Sheffield Woolworths

Empty Quarter Action Project

The Empty Quarter Action Project is run by Sheffield University Architecture Students working with Sheffield City Council and Rreef looking for innovative and creative interim uses for the shops, buildings and streets in Sheffield's 'empty quarter.'

The regeneration of a large area of the city centre has stalled due to the credit crunch, leaving many shops empty. Sevenstone, the new retail quarter, and the new markets on the Moor have been put on hold until the economy improves. The city council hope that development will start again by the end of 2011 but until then we are faced with rows of dilapidated shops and empty streets, a ghost town, right in the heart of Sheffield.

In the next few weeks we aim to produce a strategic report based on public consultation, research and creative thinking that will provide Sheffield City Council with ideas, plans and strategies that range from the pragmatic to the downright utopian.

If you have arrived here on a recommendation or through personal interest, we invite you to contribute to the ongoing discussions.

If you are a member of an arts' oragnisation, community group, business forum, if you work in the city centre, if you own or manage property in the city centre, if you have a start-up business or run a charity, if you run workshops for children or adults, get in touch. We need your input.

Monday, 5 October 2009

'Moor the Merrier' Village Fete 4th October 2009

On Sunday the 4th of October the Action Project team took to the streets of Sheffield to Participate in the village fete themed event 'Moor the Merrier' set up by Moor Sheffield (

Armed with a game of hoop-la, this event gave us the perfect opportunity to meet and speak to the public of Sheffield, get their views, ideas and opinions about the empty shops which are spreading across the city centre.

Views varied enormously across a range of ages, genders and ethnicity:
"Bring back Woolworth's!"
"No more charity shops or temporary shops that sell things like Chinese fireworks, they make the place look run down."

"It's about time the Moor was brought back to life."

The team are now planning to compose a number of proposals to present to the public in response to their ideas, look out for more news on this event coming very soon.

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