Empty Hallam Tower Hotel ‘an embarrassment’ to Sheffield

The former Hallam Towers Hotel ' once Sheffield's top hotel ' has been shut for nine years.
The former Hallam Towers Hotel ' once Sheffield's top hotel ' has been shut for nine years.

Residents have urged owners of the former Hallam Tower Hotel in Sheffield ‘to remove this eyesore once and for all’.

People living near the rundown building say their neighbourhood is being ‘blighted’ by lack of progress over a housing scheme.

The site, between Fulwood Road and Manchester Road, Broomhill, has been empty for nine years and has become a target for vandals.

Prof Peter Horton, who chairs a residents’ working group, said: “We are appalled that there is a derelict, partially demolished, visibly vandalised, 12-storey building in the heart of a residential suburb adjoining two conservation areas.

“It is totally unacceptable, a source of misery and stress for those living close by, a blight on the neighbourhood that can be seen from miles away and an embarrassment to the city of Sheffield.

“For nearly a decade there has been repeated collective failure by all those involved – the owners, council officers and a succession of local politicians.

“While we are encouraged by some recent activity on the site, we now call for urgent action, for everyone to work creatively and energetically together to bring about a speedy resolution of the problem and remove this eyesore once and for all.

“This must surely involve demolition of the tower and redevelopment to provide much-needed new housing.”

Sheffield-based Axis Architecture is working with the owners on a housing scheme.

Director Steve Burlaga said: “Our client Hallam Grange Ltd has been working closely with the council and is sensitive to neighbour concerns. Local residents can be assured that every effort is being made to ensure the site is made to look presentable as quickly as possible and to find a partner for the planned residential development.”

Recent work includes removal of asbestos and demolition of a two storey block.