Sheffield’s Kelham Island- why is it so popular?

A man-made island in Sheffield that used to be an industrial manufacturing site has been transformed over the last 20 years, now known as a ‘Saturday night destination’ and the coolest place to live, work and socialise in the city. But why has it made such an impression?

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Kelham Island has now become the home to all manner of microbreweries, galleries and indie shopping arcades along with a huge range of restaurants to make the area a hugely desirable location for almost all of the young professionals in Sheffield. The island has managed to keep a perfect balance of displaying a proud reminder of its industrial history alongside the various bars and entertainment, giving the public a chance to both learn about the heritage of the island whilst making the most of what’s on.

There is the Kelham Island museum that opened in 1982 which is home to the objects, pictures and archived material from the previous life that the island used to harbour. It also gives any visitors the opportunity to see what it was like to live during the industrial revolution and get a real feel for the island’s history.

The area is being developed naturally whilst supporting the independent businesses on the island, creating new job opportunities through the various vendors on the island as they expand. Whilst there are several bars and micro-breweries, the owners for each of them converse to make sure their stocks vary enough to keep each location different for customers to enjoy. With locations such as the Yellow Arch music studio, where the Arctic Monkeys used to rehearse, or the Church bar that was opened by Bring Me the Horizon’s lead singer Oli Sykes that features a retro-gaming arcade, vegan street food a popular gig venue, Kelham Island has created a really exciting atmosphere that attracts a huge amount of people with all sorts of interests.

Kelham Island has long been the forefront of Sheffield’s brewing reputation once being the drinking ground for the working men in the industrial sites and has become somewhat of a mecca for renowned real ale pubs. Some of the most popular include the Kelham Island Tavern, The Fat Cat, and The Riverside, all of which are local favourites.

The first phase of the developments started in the late 1990s, where a former metal factory- The Brooklyn Works- was the first residential conversion. Since then there have been regular developments across the island, modernising the area without erasing the history of the industrial site that it used to be.

 Creating interest with young professionals with a diverse range of food, drinks and entertainment this area is keeping investor’s interested. With the amount of business on the Island and the level of growth it’s experiencing, these professionals will inevitably need somewhere to live. This is why investors are keen on Sheffield, and Kelham Island in particular; for the investment opportunities that they can benefit from within this area. If you’re looking for an investment opportunity then contact us today at Urbane Brix and see how we can help you open your investment portfolio and benefit in areas like Kelham Island.

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