Hoyle Street Mixed-use Student Accommodation

Written by Mike Hall Board Director

We have been appointed by Mace Developments to develop a mixed-use student residential scheme at the site of 79 Hoyle Street. The project brief is both challenging and opportune, with a position in one of the City’s most distinctive and historically-rich quarters and home to the Doncaster Street Cementation Furnace, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the last surviving one of its kind in Sheffield.

The project covers a 10,200m2 site, a new build within an area defined by its topography and importance as a former industrial and manufacturing hub of the city. The student scheme consists of 658 student beds, comprising studios, cluster flats and townhouses. The residential element includes 247 build to rent units, made up of studios, one and two bed flats all set around a landscaped courtyard. The Grade II listed cementation furnace sits at the heart of the proposals, an integral memento of the site’s former narrative.

““We have worked hard to design a scheme which places Sheffield’s industrial heritage at the heart of our proposals. As well as bringing forward modern student housing and new homes for Sheffield, the designs are sympathetic to the local area and will give the iconic cementation furnace a new lease of life as the centre piece of the site.””

David Grover, Chief Operating Officer for Development at Mace


  • Student Accommodation
  • Housing
  • Retail


Mace Group




The complexity of the site is determined by the presence of the historically important cementation furnace which must be preserved, but also the context and topography of the site, part of which lies within a Conservation Area. Ground floor communal spaces provide an active street frontage with commercial units located on the prominent aspects of the buildings. We’ve worked to create an increased permeability through the building via the creation of new links and vistas and have designed ‘stepping in’ facades for a finer urban grain and visual interest both in elevation and skyline. A minimal materials palette is proposed; brickwork, aluminium and sinusoidal metal cladding to provide an industrial identity on this important site.

Take a look around the walk-through of the scheme: https://www.jeffersonsheardvr.com/HoyleStreet/index.html

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