Sheffield is by far one of the most up and coming cities in the UK. The South Yorkshire town has seen its reputation soar in recent times as one of the best places to live for young professionals, thanks to lower than average rents and a large amount of regeneration.
One of the most popular areas in the city is the Kelham Island district. Originally the hub of Sheffield’s manufacturing industry, the area is now home to a plethora of independent businesses and restaurants and is quickly becoming one of the most popular rental markets in the city.
Kelham Island is actually a manmade island from all the way back in the 1100s when a stream was diverted to power a nearby mill. For centuries it acted as the beating heart of Sheffield’s world-famous manufacturing industry until the industrial activity moved on from the area. Since then, Kelham Island has undergone a significant transformation, especially in recent years, and has become one of the most exciting areas in the city.
In 1982, The Kelham Island Museum opened, the first real sign of regeneration in the area. Since then the island has undergone small amounts of regeneration here and there, but in the late 2000’s/early 2010’s the area was completely transformed. With Kelham Island becoming more and more popular, many old industrial buildings were converted into residential units and office spaces to facilitate the growing population in the area, but what exactly makes it so popular?
Well, Kelham Island is by far one of the trendiest parts of the city, and the massive influx of independent businesses and vendors during the regeneration in recent years has only enhanced its reputation. The once forgotten industrial quarter is now bursting with life and character, whilst still paying homage to its industrial past.
The food and drink trade spearheaded the fresh wave of regeneration, bringing a new lease of life into the Kelham Island area. From vintage markets to food and drink festivals, small pubs to craft breweries, those who live around the area are completely spoilt for choice. Local food and drink favourites include Peddler – the monthly street food night market, the Kelham Island Tavern and The Fat Cat – both renowned real ale pubs on the Island, and bars and cafés such as Pina and The Gatehouse that offer a wide variety of wines, cocktails, beers and spirits.
In addition to the large food and drink presence on the Island, Kelham Island is home to attractions such as The Kelham Island Museum – offering an insight into Sheffield’s industrial past, Kelham Island Brewery Tours, Yellow Arch Studios – a successful recording studio facility most famously known as the birthplace of the Arctic Monkeys and Kelham Arcade!
Kelham Island also benefits from excellent public transport links both around Sheffield city centre and beyond. Shalesmoor tram stop is the closest transport link from the island and is served by both the yellow and blue routes. If you’re travelling by bus numerous services will take you around the area, including the 7, 8, 8a, 35, 57, 81, 82, 86 and 135/135a. Sheffield train station is also just over a mile away from Kelham Island, offering direct links to key cities such as Manchester, London, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Are you interested in renting in the Kelham Island district? Why not take a look at Great Central? Great Central is an exciting new addition to the Sheffield rental market that is located close to Sheffield’s thriving city centre. The development includes 131 sleek and modern studio, one-bed, two-bed and three bed apartments, all of which are fully furnished and a select few have spacious balconies that offer breath-taking views of the city. As tenants at Great Central, you will also have access to a landscaped outdoor communal courtyard and secure bike storage. Enquire today here.