Firms urged to back demolition

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Manufacturers across the Sheffield region are being asked to speak out in support of plans to demolish part of the former Jessop Hospital to make way for the expansion of Sheffield University’s engineering department.

The University wants to pull down the Edwardian extension to the original Victorian buildings, which it has restored to house its music department, and invest £81 million in building new engineering facilities, which it says would create 400 high quality jobs.

Supporters of the plan in the business community argue that, while the university has achieved excellent results using its existing buildings, they need significant improvement to give a city built on engineering and manufacturing the best possible facilities for the future.

They are urging other manufacturers to send letters of support to the University to back its planning application.

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