A historic cutlery works in Sheffield is set to be restored, with CAPITAL&CENTRIC submitting plans to restore the iconic Eyewitness Works and Ceylon Works buildings.
Currently spending an average of £2m a week on regeneration, this is the first project in Sheffield for the developers, known for their design-led restorations of the North’s heritage buildings.
Plans submitted to Sheffield City Council – accompanied by artist’s impressions – show how the two Grade II listed buildings will be restored and a high quality new build element added to provide 97 loft apartments and townhouses along with a 900 sq ft café-bar.
Sheffield City Council brought in regeneration specialists CAPITAL&CENTRIC to kick start the transformation of the area around Milton Street. Eyewitness Works is set to become an anchor development in the new ‘Cutlery Quarter’ neighbourhood with the developer already looking at other adjacent sites.
The centuries-old features of the Works will stay, providing quality modern homes in an iconic industrial building, complete with looming 40ft chimney. The £21m vision will also see private courtyards and a cobbled street for residents, draped with festoon lighting and lined with trees and foliage.
A street-level cafe-bar on Thomas Street will become a convenient residents hangout, while new build elements will complement the existing buildings.
Submission of the plans follows consultation earlier this year, with CAPITAL&CENTRIC encouraged by a warm reception from the city’s residents. If planning permission is granted, people could be calling Eyewitness Works home by the end of 2020.
Eyewitness Works has been an iconic feature Sheffield for decades. For the past 150 years the Works were home to Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd, a Sheffield-based company that provided the nation with cutlery. The first registered building at the site was in 1838.
Having delivered restorations to acclaim in Manchester and Liverpool, CAPITAL&CENTRIC won the rights to acquire and develop the Eyewitness Works following a design competition held by Sheffield City Council.
The company is already breathing life into the area with world-known cartoonist and muralist, Phlegm, moving into the ground floor this month. This comes ahead of an art exhibition the main Eyewitness building will be hosting for the University of Sheffield and Phlegm in March 2019.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of CAPITAL&CENTRIC, said: “There’s no denying, Eyewitness Works is a stunning structure with a rich social heritage, but it needs a fair dose of TLC. We’ve a lot to work with. The bones of the building and original features mean it’ll be a beautiful place to live once we’re done with it.
“People are drawn to these dominant, industrial buildings. If something imaginative can be tabled, they make really vibrant neighbourhoods that then sparks further development around them. That’s what we see happening here.
“This is just the beginning of what we want to do. We’ve got a bold vision for the area which will have its own identity. In a couple of years’ time it could be Sheffield’s ‘Cutler’s Village’, known for its stunning historic buildings, amazing places to live and cool places to hang out.”