The disused central post office in Fitzalan Square set to be refurbished and house the Sheffield Institute of Arts under a long-term lease by Hallam University.
The old disused central post office in Fitzalan Square, empty since 1999, will be converted into the Sheffield Institute of Arts under a long-term lease by Hallam University.
According to the university’s plans, the Grade II-listed building, expected to be refurbished and opened by the end of the year, will house the Sheffield Institute of Art which will offer art and design courses. These courses will include fashion design, graphic design, fine art, product design, interior design and metalwork and jewellery, among others.
“This new development is key to maintaining our excellent recruitment record, as well as creating an enhanced student experience and exciting research opportunities. Enhancing our existing buildings, whilst also participating in new opportunities in the city, are both crucial to delivering our estates strategy, which aims to create a flexible, innovative and sustainable campus,” explained Mark Swales, director of estates and facilities.
Opened in 1910, the building was Sheffield’s head post office, a notable landmark in Fitzalan Square, the main market in 1930s Sheffield. The Post Office relocated in 1999 to new premises in Angel Street.
The Sheffield Institute of Art traces its own history back to 1843. The disused post office, once refurbished, has been seen as the most fitting home for the institution.
The refurbished structure will include an exciting exhibition and event space, apart from the developed teaching rooms and practice studios.
“We are delighted by our move to the old Head Post Office in Fitzalan Square,” said Professor Sally Wade, director of the Sheffield Institute of Arts. She added: “This provides an opportunity to locate our excellent teaching and internationally-recognised research in art and design in the heart of Sheffield city centre.”
Development company Langland announced early in the week that the university was about to enter into a deal to lease the building for its use. Hopefully, when the deal is concluded, Langland plans to construct student flats on the rest of the site, on the corner of Flat Street and Pond Hill.