Plan to revive cutlery works

A REMNANT of Sheffield’s Victorian industrial past could be redeveloped as part of a scheme that would provide new homes for students.

Plans to transform an old cutlery works called Sellers Wheel in Arundel Street – opposite refurbished Butcher Works in the Cultural Industries Quarter – are in line for council approval.

They involve converting the ground floor of the listed building into a cafe or offices, with offices above. Alongside would be a new development up to five storeys of accommodation for up to 72 students, next to Hallam University’s new Furnival Building.

The application includes retaining a carriage entrance and a cobbled courtyard in the old building.

Planners are backing the scheme, which they say will fit in with the conservation area, advising councillors to give the go-ahead on Monday.

Green councillor Jillian Creasy says the student block would be too high and disrupt views across the Sheaf Valley but planners say it is needed to enable the renovation of the old workshops and is of “sufficient architectural merit”.