Sheffieldâ€™s Old Town Hall has been empty for the past 23 years, but planning permission has been approved to turn it into hotel rooms, apartments and shopping units.Â
Sheffield-based developers Aestrom has been granted permission to restore the 200-year old building, turning it into 12 apartments, 12 hotel rooms and 11 â€˜soukâ€™ style markets which will be open to the public.
Cllr Maher Iqbal, a cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: â€˜The Old Town Hall is a significant part of our cityâ€™s history, and, because itâ€™s in the heart of our rapidly evolving Castlegate quarter, we have committed significant time and effort to ensure its future viability.
â€˜We are seeing huge and very welcome development in this part of the city, which is a sign of great confidence in Sheffield as a whole. We are very excited about the future regeneration of this area.
â€˜We have worked very closely with the developer to make sure we preserve the building as much as we can.
â€˜The detailed work that we have already undertaken on this building shows how much prise we have in making sure it was not demolished, but preserved and restored.â€™
Mr Efe Omu of Aestrom, a local Sheffield developer of the Old Town Hall said: â€˜I intend to retain the features of the building, including restoration where it is needed.
â€˜We have welcomed support from local businesses as well as advice and guidance provided by key interest groups and council officers.
â€˜Our intention is to create a mixed-use scheme including serviced apartments, a pod hotel and souk style retail units.
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