Heritage boss praises cutlery yard restoration in Sheffield

Baroness Andrews who is Chair of English Heritage takes a look around Joel's Yard in Netherthorpe Sheffield, with architect Giles Procter, owner John Sanella and Trevor Mitchell
Baroness Andrews who is Chair of English Heritage takes a look around Joel's Yard in Netherthorpe Sheffield, with architect Giles Procter, owner John Sanella and Trevor Mitchell

ONE of the country’s top conservation bosses took a tour of historic Sheffield buildings being brought into the 21st century.

During a flying visit Baroness Kay Andrews, chair of English Heritage, praised the efforts to transform pieces of the city’s industrial past into affordable housing.

First on the Baroness’ list was Joel’s Yard, a former cutlery works in Well Meadow Street, Netherthorpe, which has just undergone a year-long refurbishment project.

Developer brothers Anthony and John Sanella, also behind the revamp of Crystal nightclub in Carver Street, transformed the area into flats with the help of an English Heritage grant of £200,000.

The brother are about to begin work on a similar project in North Yard, next door to Joel’s. The group of crumbling buildings includes a crucible shop, forge and cutler’s smithy and will be made into nine new homes helped by £300,000 in funding.

When completed, the projects will make a marked improvement to the condition of the Well Meadow Street Conservation Area, included in English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register.

Baroness Andrews said: “It’s so important to restore these fragile parts of Sheffield that tell us so much about the city’s industrial history. So much invention and innovation came from these small yards and it was what happened in places like Joel’s Yard that put Sheffield on the world stage. Now these places are benefitting from a different kind of innovation.”

The baroness also visited Park Hill, Castlegate to look at the proposals for the Castlegate Quarter, and Manor Lodge which has received Heritage Lottery Funding.