Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire History & Archaeology
Thursday, 7 March 2013
News - Historic Sheffield building saved by campaign
Portland Works has been bought outright by campaigners keen to save the
Victorian building as an artistic and industrial base.
of the Grade II* listed complex, on Randall Street, Sheffield city
centre, has been funded through a share and loan issue.
announcement comes exactly 100 years since the world’s first stainless
steel knives were made at the site in 1913 – and some of the tools
created then are still in use.
role within manufacturing history will be preserved under community
ownership and developed as a home for manufacturing, artists and
An original purchase deal was struck a year ago and initially involved buying the building gradually in stages.
Derek Morton, chairman of the Community Benefit Society which will run
the works, has now accepted the keys to the full site on behalf of the
difficulties nearly stopped the deal in December but the previous
owners lowered the price so the sale could be completed.
successful share and loan issue had been launched in 2011 but existing
shareholders had to invest more cash for the new deal to enable the
Works to be bought outright.
Incredibly, an appeal sent out on a Monday morning brought in more than £80,000 by the Wednesday before the sale was completed.
said: “This isn’t a financial investment in the normal sense. No-one
will make a killing out of this project, we just need people’s cash for
quite a long time, which is a big ask these days.”
The society will start work on the building very soon with a programme planned out for the next decade.
the tenants – including metalworkers, engineers and craftsmen,
furniture makers, artists and musicians – will be able to continue their
work in the building as the restoration takes place around them.
Open days are being planned with tours of the site along with other events to make use of the spaces in the courtyard.
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Pat returns to give a talk on the life of one of Britain’s most renown monarchs. The talk will delve into the early years of Victoria’s life explaining how she became Queen. The talk will also delves into Victoria’s relationship with Prince Albert and how she interacted with the other European monarchies.
The talk starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th February at the Innings Public House, Gloucester Road, Prospect, Worksop S81 0RS. Entry is only £3 and there will be a bar on. There is also a large free car park outside.