Despite efforts by campaigners to save the listed building, demolition work on Sheffield’s Jessops Hospital has begun
Conservation groups SAVE Britain’s Heritage and The Victorian Society, alongside local groups had been campaigning to save the Grade II-listed hospital, after planning was granted for a new RMJM-designed engineering building for Sheffield University on the site.
Two petitions were launched in attempt to save the building, between them receiving 8,465 signatures.
The Victorian wing of the hospital, originally constructed in 1878 has already been converted into the university’s music department, and a 1970s extension to the building was demolished in 2007 to make way for the Sauerbruch Hutton and RMJM designed Jessop West development.
English Heritage, The Victorian Society, The Conservation Advisory Group and the Sheffield Community Heritage Forum had originally raised concerns about the plans.
The proposed 19,500m² building by RMJM will house 19 teaching laboratories over six floors – one below ground and five above. It has been criticised for providing just 5 per cent more space than if the existing building were to be refurbished.
Construction on the new development is due to begin in 2013 and is expected to complete by 2016.
Demolition begins on Sheffield’s Jessops Hospital