Hammerson has got the go ahead for a £500m regeneration project for Sheffield city centre

Last night Hammerson was given outline planning permission by Sheffield City Council for its New Retail Quarter (NRQ), creating 860,000 sq ft (79,895 sq m) of retail including a 260,000 sq ft (24,154 sq m) John Lewis.

The scheme will also include residential apartments, a health club and leisure facilities and the first phase, including the John Lewis store, is planned to open in 2010 with the remainder to open by 2012.

Hammerson will begin the appointment of a series of architects for the various elements of the scheme while O’Donnell & Tuomey will design the John Lewis store.

Councillor Robert MacDonald, Sheffield city council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Culture and Planning, said: ‘Sheffield’s New Retail Quarter is one of the cornerstones of the Masterplan and will provide a major boost to the already flourishing physical and economic revival of the city centre.’

Hammerson will work in partnership with Sheffield City Council and English Partnerships to deliver the project.