£5m revamp of NUM building in Sheffield ‘six weeks away’

Artist's impression of a revamped NUM building on Holly Street
Artist's impression of a revamped NUM building on Holly Street
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This is how the NUM building in Sheffield city centre is set to look after a £5m revamp - set to start in six weeks, developers say.

The landmark building on Holly Street, opposite the City Hall, will be converted into offices and three ground floor restaurants.

Barnsley-based developers Quest Property say they have been “earmarked” for a loan for the revamp by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Work, including the construction of a large conservatory, is set to last a year. The building has stood empty for 25 years.

Matthew Stephens, Quest development director, said there had been “no shortage” of interest and several potential occupiers had been on board for two years. The firm had recently appointed a contractor, he added.

“It is Sheffield’s best building in Sheffield’s best location, the occupiers are prepared to wait for the right development. It has taken a long time, we thought we were there before with this funding. We put a bid in for a Jessica loan and we’ve been waiting for that to be finalised.

“It’s never good to have a building in a location like that in that state. There was a problem with drug users but we worked closely with the NUM and sorted that out.

“We are hoping to start in the next six weeks and be finished within 12 months.”

Quest was granted planning permission for a casino in 2011. But after the Genting Casino opened on Arundel Gate the scheme was changed to offices and restaurants, approved by Sheffield City Council in 2012.

But after some clearance work, activity stopped and the site has become an eyesore and a haunt for vandals and drug users.

The National Union of Mineworkers still owns the freehold. Quest has taken out a long lease.

The building opened in 1988 when the NUM relocated its headquarters from London to Sheffield.

It moved again, to Barnsley, when the mining industry declined, leaving Sheffield city centre with a prominent empty building.

Quest has been in negotiations with NUM general secretary Chris Kitchen, Stephens added.