It’s difficult to believe that the Council have nodded through a scheme which will have an adverse effect on one of Sheffield’s most important buildings. Love it or loathe it, the University Arts Tower is listed Grade II* and has dominated the skyline since the 1970s.
Just across the road stands the Star and Garter pub which has been serving pints since Victorian times. This and an adjoining Chinese takeaway are to be swept away and replaced by a 16 storey tower block which will be in direct competition with the iconic Arts Tower totally detracting from its current ‘stand alone’ stance. The phrase ‘stealing its thunder’ springs to mind.
The proposed new tower will house 250 students (just what we need) and have its own gym, library and cinema. Sheffield is awash with ne student developments and surely we must now be reaching saturation point. Thirty eight local residents who will be overlooked sent in letters of objection and these are only the ones who bothered to write in. No one seems to have mentioned the adverse effect on Weston Park and the lovely Victorian Hospital complex next door.
Grade II listed Winter St. Hospital opened in 1881 at a cost of £20,000 and was specifically built to handle smallpox cases and other infectious diseases. In 1898 eight cottages were built in nearby Dart Square which were used by people who had been in contact with infectious patients. Sadly these cottages are now long gone. In 1912 the hospital concentrated on those suffering from TB and all other cases were moved to Lodge Moor Hospital. During the First World War it became a military base hospital returning to its role as a TB sanatorium after peace was declared. It was eventually renamed St. George’s Hospital and concentrated on geriatric patient care. It is now home to Sheffield University’s Faculty of Law Dept – which probably explains a lot.
What is the thinking behind destroying a pleasant Victorian pub, the setting of a Victorian Park and Hospital and at the same time ruining the skyline and demeaning a Grade II* building of national importance? Answers on a postcard please.