Landmark block back on market

Hallam Tower Hotel, Sheffield 1965
Hallam Tower Hotel, Sheffield 1965
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“New offers expected imminently.”

The long and colourful history of one of Sheffield’s best known - but not best loved buildings - has taken another turn after a deal to sell it fell through.

Hallam Tower in Broomhill is back on the market after a national house builder withdrew an offer it made in May.

The firm with the task of marketing it again, Knight Frank, said the company had had a change of strategy.

But department head Tearle Phelan said interest in the 12-storey building was already “huge.”

He added: “It has recently been put back on the market and has subsequently received huge interest from potential purchasers, with new offers expected imminently.”

It is the latest twist in a history which dates back to 1965 when it opened as Sheffield’s first £1m hotel.

Once considered the height of opulence, it had restaurants and bars, a ballroom, heated swimming pool and three-and-a-half acres of stunning gardens.

Today, the Hallam Tower Hotel looks somewhat different.

The 11-storey building, in Fulwood Road, Broomhill, has stood derelict for a decade.

It closed its doors for the last time in 2004 and was put up for sale nine years later.

It is owned by Hallam Grange Ltd, which has been criticised for its lack of action.

Planning permission has already been granted to convert it into 133 apartments and townhouses.

In Sheffield city centre another conversion of a well known tower block - Telephone House - is going well.

Owner Vita Student is transforming the 15-storey building on Wellington Street into 347 apartments which will be complete in August next year. It claims 60 per cent have been sold already.

The firm says there are 60,000 students in the city and only 25 per cent live in purpose-built accommodation - a huge undersupply.

Broomhill is a popular student residential area.

In 1986 the Tower complex changed its name to the Hallam Tower Post House Hotel before becoming the Forte Crest Sheffield.