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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 05:25 GMT 06:25 UK
City site could get Kowloon look
Artist's overview of the West Bar development
Cabinet members will discuss the plans for West Bar
A corner of Sheffield could be remodelled on the Hong Kong's walled City of Kowloon if developers looking at a city centre site get their way.

Members of the city's Cabinet are expected to view the outline plans for the West Bar area of the city devised by the developers, Castlemore.

Redevelopment of the site by the Midlands-based company would include shops, cafes, flats and a new hotel.

Designers want to forge links with Sheffield's School of Architecture.

In the report to be considered by the councillors it states: "The starting point for the master plan was the realisation from analysis ... that there is very little urban context around the site that we are able to key into.

'Single citadel'

"The first move is therefore to create a citadel that reads as a single block.

"The image of the walled city in Kowloon gives an impression of what we are seeking to achieve... a quarter of densely-packed buildings of a constant height with a clear edge.

"This means that it is made up of a series of buildings... but also reads as a single citadel.

"The buildings within the citadel are to be solid and stone built with a unity of materials."

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