18 March 2022/ Industrial guides

Find your next industrial property to rent in Sheffield

Discover your next industrial property in Sheffield

As the second largest city in Yorkshire, Sheffield is uniquely placed in its proximity to other large, metropolitan cities in the north of England. With Manchester to the west, Leeds to the north and Nottingham to the south, its ideally located for businesses to capitalise on access to custom in every direction.

Geographically diverse and with excellent transport links, Sheffield is widely known for its industrial influence throughout the UK. Historically rooted in the steel industry, Sheffield was a major player during the industrial revolution, and has long been known as the ‘Steel City’; its factories played an important role in the war effort, prompting air raids in 1940 known as the Sheffield Blitz.

After a period of decline, the city’s economy – now valued at £11.3bn – is experiencing a strong revival and Sheffield is now highly regarded for its quality of living. Boasting two distinguished universities and a very modern cityscape, Sheffield has retained its rich and distinctive northern character while charging ahead with innovation and technology to create a green, vibrant business hub. Access to a highly skilled workforce as well as a thriving creative and cultural scene makes Sheffield a highly desirable location for businesses across a range of sectors.

If you’re interested in basing your business here, we have everything you need to know about occupying industrial space in Sheffield.

Industrial areas around Sheffield   

Increased automation and international competition saw the closure of many steel mills in the latter half of the 20th century in Sheffield. But now, in part thanks to its pioneering universities, the city’s industrial and commercial evolution is continuing, with leading enterprises situated across the city.

Heading out of the city from the east along Sheffield Parkway, you’ll find a range of industrial areas suited to all manner of sectors. This route east, out to Darnall, can easily be taken by car or rail, with Darnall’s train station proving a highly convenient access point to the surrounding industrial estates.

Further south-east, the suburb of Handsworth is home to a range of commercial and industrial businesses, while following the A45 further arrives at Crystal Peaks and then Waleswood, both pegged as inviting prospects for businesses seeking close proximity to the M1.

Getting around Sheffield

With a unique topography and street plans harking back centuries, the development of Sheffield’s transport infrastructure has been pivotal in the city’s evolution.  

Sheffield has excellent rail links  

Sheffield has a wide-spanning link of local and national rail services. The major railway through the city, the Midland Main Line, runs in a roughly south-west to north-easterly direction, with other routes passing through including the Cross Country Route, the Penistone Line, the Dearne Valley Line, the Hope Valley Line, and the Hallam Line.

Sheffield’s main train station is on the south-eastern edge of the city centre and offers direct routes to major cities north and south, including London (in just two hours), Leeds, Glasgow, Plymouth and Newcastle. There is also a major station at Meadowhall, along with four smaller suburban stations at Chapeltown, Darnall, Dore & Totley and Woodhouse. So, whether you need to travel near or far, rail travel is more than accessible in Sheffield.

Sheffield is linked to the rest of the country by two motorways

Sheffield is linked into the national motorway network via not one, but two motorways: the M1 and M18. The M1 links Sheffield with London to the south and Leeds to the north, while the M18 branches from the M1 close to Sheffield, offering easy routes to Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Humber ports. Connecting the city centre with the motorways is the Sheffield Parkway.

Data from a DVLA report suggests that Sheffield sits in the top five safest places to learn to drive in the UK, with just 25 reported road accidents involving provisional drivers in 2020.

Buses are convenient and widely used

Sheffield has two bus interchanges (bus stations) located on Arundel Gate and Pond Street, and is served by the two main bus operators in South Yorkshire – Stagecoach and First. According to data from Sheffield City Council, 135,768 bus and coach trips were taken in 2017, making up a 15.4% share of all journeys taken in the city.

Multiple airports an hour away open Sheffield up to the world

Just 24 miles north-east of Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, meaning international travel is just roughly a 30-minute car drive from the city. The larger airports of Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and East Midlands are all around an hour-long car journey from Sheffield, offering access to some of the world’s largest airports.

Business amenities in Sheffield

Sheffield has great hotels in abundance

Whether you’re looking for a city-centre stopover or a boutique B&B, Sheffield offers accommodation for all budgets. Take in the grandeur of the Leopold Hotel, built in 1800, sitting in the heart of the bustling city centre and only a stone’s throw away from Sheffield Cathedral. Or, if you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head after a long day of meetings, the Best Western Plus The Quays Hotel offers convenience and comfort, with a beautiful view straight down onto the river and just a 15-minute walk from Sheffield station.

Other options include the Mercure Sheffield Kenwood Hall & Spa, situated among 12 acres of stunning grounds, the central spot of Jurys Inn Sheffield, and the grand redbrick Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria.

There’s plenty of retail space in Sheffield

Along with a variety of industrial spaces, Sheffield offers a huge range of retail spaces. Primarily located within and on the outskirts of the centre of the city, Fargate offers several prime retail spaces with enormous footfall alongside other city centre spots – including Meadowhall, the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire.

In addition, Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge – several miles north of the city centre – also prove fruitful spots for potential retail spots.

Things to keep you busy in Sheffield

Sheffield is a multicultural hub that’s teeming with things to keep you occupied, from bars and restaurants to historic architecture and green spaces. Take in a show at the impressive Crucible Theatre, or wander among the natural dreamscapes conjured up within the Botanical Gardens and the Sheffield Winter Garden. Sports fans have access to two extremely well-followed football teams – and iconic stadiums – in Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, while urbanites can wander the city’s streets and drink in its impressive historic architecture at their leisure.

Notable industrial tenants in Sheffield

Find industrial space in Sheffield

  • Tool Station Limited
  • Plumbase Limited
  • Boeing Sheffield
  • Stanley Black and Decker
  • City Electrical Factors
  • Primetals Technologies Ltd
  • Fulcrum

Key industrial agents in Sheffield

  • Knight Frank
  • Fortus
  • Allsop
  • Crossthwaite Commercial
  • Colloco
  • Avison Young

The future of industrial space in Sheffield

Sheffield enjoys high levels of interest from investors, offering logistical convenience with transport links and proximity to other northern cities, along with its reputation for innovative technological advancements and access to a highly skilled workforce. Major employers in the area include B Braun Medical, E L G Haniel Metals Ltd, Outokumpu Stainless, SIG and Vasanta Group Holdings.

New units are set to be added at the industrial development, Woodhouse Link, with a wide range of permitted uses, indicating new growth for Sheffield’s industrial spaces. Sheffield’s Economic Strategy emphasises that it is one of the UK’s major city economies with internationally recognised, leading talents in manufacturing, engineering and design. A refreshed take on the city’s 2008 Masterplan will retain its ambitions of innovation while strengthening Sheffield’s foundations as an industrial powerhouse.

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