‘Spectacular’ factory is on the danger list

Green Lane works in the Shalesmoor area, photographed by Les Cornthwaite
Green Lane works in the Shalesmoor area, photographed by Les Cornthwaite
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ONE of Sheffield’s architectural gems was added this week to the Heritage at Risk Register - but with prospects of it being saved.

The classical-style gateway to Green Lane Works in Kelham Island has been described as “the most spectacular surviving factory architecture in Sheffield.”

Its condition has now deteriorated to such an extent it is now on the latest danger list of the Government conservation agency, English Heritage.

However, the future looks hopeful as a result of the site being bought by Leeds-based developer Citu who are working on a £13m ‘eco-friendly’ ‘redevelopment of the site for 107 houses. English Heritage is helping with grants of £380,000.

The Green Lane clock tower and adjacent former works will be restored for residential, commercial and community use, while another old building, Eagle Works, overlooking the River Don, is earmarked for conversion into accommodation for craft businesses, a gym for residents and a cafe. The scheme represents a shift towards family housing at Kelham after years of development for apartments.

Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing at Citu, said: “We fell in love with the ‘Little Kelham’ site as soon as we saw it and felt there was great potential for us to regenerate the historic buildings on Green Lane as part of our project to build a unique, sustainable development in the Kelham Island area.

“English Heritage have recognised the importance of preserving the fantastic gateway entrance to Green Lane Works and including it on their Heritage at Risk register confirms this fact. We will be working with them to secure the future of the building so that it becomes an integral part of our new community and can ultimately be removed from the ‘at risk’ register when our work is complete.”

Tammy Whitaker, English Heritage principal adviser for Heritage at Risk in Yorkshire, said: “The Green Lane Works gateway epitomises the might of Sheffield steel, which turned the city into a world-beating industrial powerhouse.

“We hope its inclusion on the Heritage at Risk register will help highlight its importance to Sheffield.”

Taken off the register are the Wicker Arches and adjoining viaduct.