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No judicial review of Sheffield’s Jessops Hospital plans

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A legal challenge into the proposed demolition of Sheffield’s Jessops Hospital appears to have failed

Conservation groups SAVE Britain’s Heritage and The Victorian Society were dealt a blow last week when they were denied the right to a judicial review at a hearing held at the High Court in London.

Sheffield Univeristy plans to demolish the Grade II-listed hospital to make way for a £81 million RMJM-designed engineering building.

The campaign groups have been given until 4 July to lodge an appeal. Until then an agreement is in place that Sheffield University can do no harm to the building.

An injunction has been granted which prevents Sheffield University from demolishing the Edwardian wing of the former women’s hospital.

English Heritage, The Victorian Society, The Conservation Advisory Group and the Sheffield Community Heritage Forum had originally raised concerns about the plans.

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.

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.

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