Cutlery factory renovation edges forward

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An open day is being held at Portland Works - the former Sheffield cutlery factory saved for future generations of metalworkers and other craftspeople - as the first steps are taken towards renovating the listed building.

The public can meet tenants, see workshop demonstrations, tour the complex and get a progress report on Sunday, September 15 from noon to 3pm.

Plans to turn the building, off Randall Street, near Bramall Lane, into flats prompted a successful community share campaign to save the old factory for metalworkers, artists and other craftspeople.

Already the entrance archway has been rebuilt and its sign restored. Several parts of the building are being repaired ready for winter.

Derek Morton, who chairs the society which now owns the works, said: ”We are spending our hard won cash this year on the most urgent repairs to keep the weather out and make the building safe.”