Sheffield’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.
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 ‘souk’ style markets which will be open to the public.
Cllr Maher Iqbal, a cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘The Old Town Hall is a significant part of our city’s history, and, because it’s in the heart of our rapidly evolving Castlegate quarter, we have committed significant time and effort to ensure its future viability.
‘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.
‘We have worked very closely with the developer to make sure we preserve the building as much as we can.
‘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.’
Mr Efe Omu of Aestrom, a local Sheffield developer of the Old Town Hall said: ‘I intend to retain the features of the building, including restoration where it is needed.
‘We have welcomed support from local businesses as well as advice and guidance provided by key interest groups and council officers.
‘Our intention is to create a mixed-use scheme including serviced apartments, a pod hotel and souk style retail units.
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