The former home of legendary sauce Henderson’s Relish has been bought by The University of Sheffield.
Remedial work on the building, on Leavygreave Road, will start soon and the university has pledged that it will be open to the public although exact plans for its future use have not yet been finalised.
The iconic headquarters, which staff moved out of two years ago and has been closed since, will keep its front and side signage and will form part of the university’s masterplan to create a greener city centre campus.
In 2014 campaigners raised fears the early 20th century building would be demolished so that the land could be developed - with the university understood to be interested in adding it to its portfolio at that time.
Keith Lilley, director of estates and facilities management at the university, said the building would now be a focal point of the new campus scheme.
He added: “We know how much the Hendersons’ building means to the people of Sheffield and we’re really looking forward to bringing it back into use and creating a space which will be open to the public.
“We’re delighted that Hendersons are working with us on this and look forward to being able to make a more detailed announcement very soon.”
The building has been owned by the Church Burgesses Trust, based in Balm Green, for the last century and Mr Lilley said he was ‘grateful’ to the trust for making the purchase ‘smooth and straightforward.’
The price that the building was sold for has not been confirmed but the university said it paid ‘market value.’
Condiment manufactuer Hendersons is currently based at a complex off The Parkway.
Pamela Freeman, the firm’s managing director, said: “Just over two years ago, we moved out of our much-loved long term home in Leavygreave Road which was a huge wrench, as the building was so important to us and we know it is also loved by the people of Sheffield.
“It will always be a huge part of the city’s cultural heritage and have a special place in our hearts.
“We are thrilled that the university has invited us to work with them to develop a permanent legacy in this very special city.”
Sheffield singer Richard Hawley famously had a birthday party at the relish factory and Joe Elliot, the Def Leppard frontman who now lives in Ireland, also bought a painting of it to remind him of home.