Property swap gives company a new home

Alastair Fisher (right) of Taylor's Eyewitness Works with Cllr Leigh Bramall.

Alastair Fisher (right) of Taylor's Eyewitness Works with Cllr Leigh Bramall.

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A cutlery works which has been in Sheffield city centre since the 19th century is on the move to a new larger site off the Parkway - following a ‘property swap’ which could see its old premises turned into housing.

Knife manufacturer and distributor Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd has agreed to exchange the historic Eye Witness Works on Milton Street, close to Devonshire Green, for a 32,000 sq ft unit on Parkway Close.

The new building will provide a new factory space as well as room for its distribution business.

The firm will invest over £1 million in the new building, including new machinery for the manufacturing unit, new warehousing equipment, offices and a trade showroom.

As part of the deal the company can remain at Eye Witness Works for 24 months while the council prepares a development brief and markets the property.

The works was built in stages between 1850 and 1900, and is a Grade II listed building. It has been home to Taylor’s for more than 150 years but it is felt the building is unsuitable for a modern business.

Alastair Fisher, the firm’s joint managing director, said: “For us this is a great opportunity. It also it shows our continuing commitment to manufacturing in Sheffield.”