The council envisages that its £480m Sheffield Retail Quarter project will revitalise shopping in the city, which has never been the same since the Meadowhall centre opened three miles out of town in 1990.
Queensberry chief executive Paul Sargent said: "My team has been focused for the last 18 months on winning this major instruction. It is a dream come true. A scheme that meets the scale of our ambition and challenges our creative experiences to date.”
Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We are delighted to announce Queensberry Real Estate as preferred bidder to become our strategic development partner for Sheffield Retail Quarter. This is a key milestone and a significant step forward in the delivery of the scheme, which will provide a transformational development in the heart of our city centre.”
“Queensberry not only demonstrate this shared ambition, but they have a clear aspiration to further raise the bar for the scheme. They bring an impressive track record of delivering thoughtful and successful schemes that respond to the rapidly changing retail environment. Through the award-winning schemes they have delivered in Belfast, Manchester and Bath among others, they have developed strong working relationships with many of the retailers and leisure operators we are looking to bring to Sheffield. We look forward to working with Queensberry as we refine the plans for the Sheffield Retail Quarter.”