Dates2000 - 2007
Person NameSheffield; Sheffield One; 2000 - 2007
ActivityIn 1999 the national Urban Task Force produced its report 'Towards an Urban Renaissance'. The report argued that a new approach to regenerating the UK's towns and cities was required. It recommended Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs) be set up to develop integrated regeneration strategies for defined urban areas and oversee its implementation. URCs were partnership bodies which brought together local, regional and national regeneration expertise.

Sheffield One was the country's third URC and was launched in February 2000. It was founded and funded by Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Forward (the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and Humber) and the national regeneration agency, English Partnerships. Sheffield One's area of operation was Sheffield city centre, principally within the inner ring road, though its influence extended to key gateway routes into the city and city centre housing areas.

The company's mission statement was:

To develop Sheffield as a vibrant and attractive European city and a driver of regional economic growth and competitiveness.'

Sheffield One's work impacted on the full range of urban issues, including the economy, transport, property, planning, the environment, community participation, job creation and inclusivity. The company has six objectives designed to fulfil its mission:

To diversify the city's economy, delivering new job opportunities and economic activity
To create a vibrant city centre for learning, culture, retail, leisure and living
To improve city centre accessibility, movement and linkages
To create a high quality, attractive, safe and sustainable city centre
To maximise local employment opportunities and linkages
To promote a positive and investor/visitor friendly image

The City Centre Masterplan was the framework to guide the long-term regeneration of the city centre. The Masterplan set out the vision for the heart of Sheffield and identified seven strategic projects that would serve to translate vision into reality. The seven projects were:

Heart of the City
The New Retail Quarter
City Hall and Barkers pool
Sheffield Digital Campus
Sheffield Station Gateway
An Integrated Transport Strategy

In April 2007 Sheffield One (and Sheffield First fro Investment) were merged into Creative Sheffield. Creative Sheffield was a regeneration company established in 2006 for the whole of Sheffield, responsible for transforming Sheffield's economic performance, delivering city competitiveness and winning a place amongst the leading cities in Europe.
Corporate NameSheffield One

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