Revamped hall is a hit as wedding venue

Paul Foster Halifax Hall general manager in front of the former student accomadation  in the University of Sheffield which has been transformed into a boutique hotel and has been licenced to carry out weddings.
Paul Foster Halifax Hall general manager in front of the former student accomadation in the University of Sheffield which has been transformed into a boutique hotel and has been licenced to carry out weddings.

A revamped Sheffield University hall of residence which has opened its doors as a boutique hotel is proving a success as a wedding venue - with almost 30 ceremonies booked in coming months.

Halifax Hall, within the university’s Endcliffe student village, has just hosted its first wedding since being refurbished as a 38-bedroom hotel.

Paul Foster, general manager of the new Halifax Hotel, said: “For fans of everything Sheffield, the hotel is unparalleled.

“It is steeped in local history and we have brought in the best that Sheffield has to offer from local food and drink producers.”

More than 100 couples have tied the knot at Sheffield University venues over the past few years, as Firth Court, The Ridge and The Edge already hold licenses.

Halifax Hall underwent a £1.8m transformation into a conference hotel, managed by Unicus, a subsidiary of Sheffield University.

Couples can wed in the Ennis room – named after former student and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, who graduated from the university in 2007 with a 2:2 degree in psychology. They can then enjoy drinks and entertainment in the grounds of the student village before spending the night in one of Halifax Hotel’s three suites.

Originally called Endcliffe House, Halifax Hall was built in the 1840s and extended around 50 years later.

The hall was home to Sir Joseph Jonas when he became Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1904 and, after his death, was bought for £6,000 in 1929.

Built of dressed stone with a pillared portico, and fitted out with 13 bedrooms and four bathrooms, the house was opened as the third University Hall for Women.

In 1959 it was renamed Halifax Hall and went on to house Sheffield University students for the next five decades, before closing and being revamped as a conference venue.

Mr Foster said that there has been ‘a great deal of interest’ in the hall as a wedding venue, and added that room discounts are available for alumni. The university is also refurbishing University House off Western Bank and Glossop Road, which will feature new conferencing and dining facilities and an improved students’ union.