Striking new look for old NUM building

NUM HQ casino plan
NUM HQ casino plan

A TRANSFORMATION is set to take place over the coming months which will see Sheffield’s disused former NUM building turned into a 24-hour casino, bar and restaurant.

An artist’s impression of the building’s new look has been released by planning consultants DLP, working for Brook Leisure, which will run the facility.

Work on the £8 million scheme was granted planning permission by Sheffield Council last month.

The angular glass building in Barker’s Pool, next to Sheffield City Hall, has been empty since soon after it was built in 1988, after the NUM instead decided to stay at a base in Barnsley.

The ‘substantial and striking’ post-modern building will be brought back into life as a 25,000 sq ft casino with two restaurants and a rooftop bar.

Brook Leisure said the casino should create around 130 jobs and is set to open early in 2013.

The company already operates both the nearby Embrace nightclub and Crystal bar, on Carver Street.

Gary Hunt, chief operating officer of the Brook Group, said: “The NUM building is one of Sheffield’s most prominent buildings but has been left behind throughout the city’s recent regeneration activity.”

A second casino has already been granted planning permission beneath the ‘cheese grater’ car park, on Arundel Gate.