PLANS to refurbish an old Sheffield factory as a community of craft workshops, a café, dance and theatre studio, yoga studios and a micro-brewery have moved another step closer.
Details of the £200,000 scheme that is designed to see chocolatiers, jewellery makers, ceramacists, carpenters and other crafts people move into the Hagglers Corner complex in Queens Road have been submitted to the council.
In the spirit of the ‘little mesters’ who made Sheffield famous, David Knott and Sarah Ingolfsdottir want to see “a creative community of makers and doers” in the building, which dates back to 1871 and was once a sweet makers, an ironmongers and a coal dealers.
As long as they can get council permission, they hope to open in the autumn, looking for a good mix of tenants.
“We’ve got space for workshops, where you can try new skills or nourish the soul,” they are advertising. “We’ve got a showroom, where we display and sell the beautiful products our tenants create as well as items from other chosen makers. And we’ve got a lovely cafe, where you can sit and take in the hustle and bustle of it all.
“But most important of all, it’s a place where all these things meet. Making and doing and selling and brewing. All spilling out into our sunny courtyard.
“We think we’ve got something pretty special going on.”
David, a 34-year-old carpenter, originally from Cheshire, and Sarah, aged 32, an unemployed photographer and former Tapton student, have struck a deal with the building’s owners, Nether Edge based Capital Investments, which has agreed to fund the development if David and Sarah, who live in Abbeydale, manage it.
They are keeping the name Hagglers Corner with its connotations of a bustling market.
Council officers are assessing the impact on neighbouring Lowfields School, a grade II listed building, and traffic.
Capital Investments say the project will improve the appearance of a building that is currently an “eyesore”, turning it into an “emporium of small businesses” that will help regenerate the area.
“In a climate of economic uncertainty, the proposal aims to provide small hub units that are flexible for adaptation to support a collection of young businesses operating under an umbrella management group.”