The Empty Quarter

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.

The aim was 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.