Council start campaign to save 20 ‘at-risk buildings’Posted by: Annie Williams
Kutright Work, in Snow Lane
The 20 by 20 campaign hopes to restore some of Sheffield’s most high profile dormant buildings
Sheffield City Council have launched a new campaign which aims to breathe life back into 20 dormant listed buildings across the city.
Heritage 20 by 20 is a list of old sites at risk of being lost forever unless planners are successful in removing the buildings from the list and back into use by next year. The list includes buildings previously used as metalworking sites, former churches and even pubs.
Planners at Sheffield City Council hope that by releasing the list to the public it will inspire new interest in the vacant sites. Success of saving all the buildings listed could create up to 300 homes across the city, going a small way to addressing the acute shortage of housing nationally, although other uses will also be considered.
Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet member for development at Sheffield City Council, said: “We don’t want to name and shame owners – but we want 2019 to be the year when we ask that they work with us to get these buildings back into use.
“If done correctly, these buildings could provide more than 300 new homes across the city. In some cases, we understand that plans are forthcoming – but we need to hear from developers to get them off the list.”
Amongst the 20 Grade II listed buildings is Loxley Chapel and Old Hall Farm, which have both been noted by the planners as being in ‘dire need of rescuing’.
Also featured is an abandoned church that served the former Wadsley Asylum and a pub that was built in the 1750s and survived two Sheffield floods. A building conspicuous by its absence from the list is the Old Town Hall in Waingate, Sheffield city centre.
The '20 by 20' list was created by Zoe Mair and Ruth Connelly, the council's two conservation officers.
Zoe Mair, conservation officer at Sheffield City Council, said: “Many of these buildings have a rich place in Sheffield history with links to industry, the former church for Wadsley Asylum and the final resting place for Sheffield flood victims.
“We have a proven record of success in restoring derelict buildings as a glance at our list of a few years ago would demonstrate.”
20 by 20 – the full list:
Former Middlewood Church, Middlewood Drive; Grade ll; Former church
Beehive Works (rear), Egerton Lane; Grade ll*; Metal trades building
Spital Hill Works, Spital Hill; Grade ll; Metal trades building
North Yard, 54 Well Meadow Street; Grade ll; Metal trades building
Don Cutlery Works, Doncaster Street; Grade ll; Metal trades building
House and stable block, Longley Lane; Grade ll; Former stable block
30 Mowbray Street; Grade ll; House
The Ball, Darnall Road; Grade ll; Pub
The Farfield Inn, Hillfoot Road, Neepsend; Grade ll; Pub
Old Hall Farm, Thorn House Lane, Brightholmlee; Grade ll*; Farm
Spout House, Spout Lane; Grade ll; House and outbuilding
Kingston Works, Malinda Street; Grade ll; Metal trades building
299 Glossop Road; Grade ll; House
Loxley Chapel, Loxley Road; Grade ll*; Former chapel
1 Haymarket; Grade ll; Office
Tapton Court, Shore Road; Grade ll; House/accommodation
Anglican Chapel, Cemetery Road; Grade ll; Former church
Countess Works, Countess Street; Grade ll; Metal trades building
Kutrite Works, Snow Lane; Grade Il; Metal trades building
Former Tribunal Court, East Parade; Grade ll; Legal building