Progress at old works 
is ‘slow but steady’

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SUPPORTERS of the campaign to buy Portland Works – a Victorian complex of workshops where stainless steel cutlery was first manufactured – will be updated on progress next Wednesday.

Community shareholders who have contributed towards securing the future of the building, off Randall Street, near Bramall Lane, so that it can continue to be used by craft and other workers are being invited to the annual general meeting at 7pm. It will be followed by a social event for everybody.

Derek Morton, who chairs Portland Works Committee, said: “The project’s still making slow but sure headway towards the purchase. The legals have taken rather a long time to sort out, but we’re nearly there. There’ll be plenty to celebrate on the 12th.”

Tenants and volunteers have been working for more than three years to preserve the tradition of Sheffield’s Little Mesters, which was threatened when the owner of the grade II* listed building complex planned to turn it into flats.

The AGM is at Everyone’s Centre, next to Heeley Baths, in Broadfield Road. Portland Works opens its doors on Sunday from noon to 3pm as part of Heritage Open Days.