Endeavour reaches practical completion

Jun 26, 2023

Work to deliver Sheffield’s most sustainable speculative office building has reached practical completion.

Endeavour at Sheffield Digital Campus is the city’s largest and most sustainable speculative office building to complete this year, comprising 65,000 sq ft of Grade A workspace.

Endeavour has been designed to create to a dramatic landmark within the city centre, featuring an impressive glazed façade, double-height reception, seven highly-efficient and flexible floorplates, ground floor amenity space and a rooftop terrace providing panoramic skyline views.

Endeavour also addresses some of the key challenges faced by occupiers in relation to their ESG commitments, by reducing carbon emissions, maximising operational efficiencies and creating an exemplary workspace aligned to the highest health and wellbeing standards in UK real estate, including EPC ‘A’ and BREEAM ‘Excellent’. Features include an all-electric energy system, LED lighting, floor to ceiling glazing flooding the floorplates with natural daylight, increased ventilation filtration, 7:10 EV car parking ratio, 78 cycle spaces, along with dedicated club-class style changing and shower facilities.

Endeavour marks the fourth and final phase of the masterplan for Sheffield Digital Campus which, over the past 15 years, has significantly helped to regenerate a key area of the city by creating almost a quarter of a million sq ft of grade A workspace supporting up to 2,500 skilled jobs.

It has also helped to create a strategic link between the city’s existing business district and the transport interchange.

Adam Varley, Development Director at SGI, commented:

“Practical completion at Endeavour marks the final chapter in our 15-year journey at Sheffield Digital Campus and is an achievement that everyone involved can be extremely proud of.

“Building on what is a very tight site in the city centre, the construction process has not been without its challenges, especially given the impact that both COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine has had on the construction of the building but, I am delighted to say that everyone’s collective efforts have resulted in the delivery of Sheffield’s greenest and most significant new build Grade A office building for several years.”

Endeavour was delivered by principal contractor, GMI Construction Group Plc with support from CJCT as architect, Arup as engineering consultant, Burnley Wilson Fish as cost consultant and Zerum as planning consultant.

Andrew Hurcomb, Divisional Managing Director, Yorkshire at GMI Construction Group, said:

“Endeavour highlights the benefits of a collaborative approach between developer, architect, contractor and supply chain to deliver a contemporary and highly sustainable building, which minimises its impact on the environment. We have employed modern methods of construction and materials, such as carbon neutral aluminium, which led to a significant cut in carbon emissions from the construction of the building envelope.

“This is the culmination of a significant project that has been a cornerstone of our ongoing, successful relationship with SGI, which has seen the delivery of some important Yorkshire schemes, here in Sheffield and across the region. There is synergy in our values to deliver buildings of the highest standard that meet both current and future requirements, which is clear to see at Sheffield Digital Campus.”

Global technology firm, BT Group PLC will take occupation of the building later this year following completion of its internal fit out, having agreed a 15-year lease towards the end of 2022.

The building was funded via a joint venture agreement between SGI and Metro Holdings of Singapore, supported by a £4m mezzanine loan from the SCR Jessica Fund alongside a £10 million Senior Loan from The South Yorkshire Pension Fund, both of which are managed by CBRE Capital Advisors.

As a business, we have invested heavily across the Sheffield City Region in recent years, delivering in excess of £100m of Real Estate assets, including Sheffield Digital Campus.

We’re now poised to deliver the most ambitious project in the city to date by bringing to life a masterplan to create up to 1m sq ft of commercial space at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, cementing its reputation as the North’s leading life sciences innovation ecosystem focused exclusively on the sport, health and wellbeing sectors. The Park’s new Community Stadium and state-of-the-art serviced offices, Landing Pad, are now fully operational and we intend to submit its plans for the next phase of development in the months ahead.

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