University’s designs on former post office

Pictured in Sheffield City Centre the old Post Office
Pictured in Sheffield City Centre the old Post Office
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A new home for Sheffield Hallam University’s art and design courses is being created in the city centre.

The university is taking over a long-term lease on the old Post Office building in Fitzalan Square. It will be home to art and design courses, including fashion, graphic, interior and product design, fine art, metalwork and jewellery.

The Grade II listed building will become the base for the Sheffield Institute of Art by the end of this year, after it is restored and refurbished by its owners.

Fitzalan Square was home to the city’s main market area until the 1930s. The building itself opened in 1910, operating as Sheffield’s head post office until 1999, when the Post Office moved into more modern premises nearby.

Since then the building has fallen into disrepair.

The institute can trace its own history back to 1843 - its plans for the building’s interior involve creating teaching rooms and practice studios, as well as an exciting exhibition and event space.

Mark Swales, director of estates and facilities, said: “This new development is key to maintaining our excellent recruitment record, as well as creating an enhanced student experience and exciting research opportunities.

“Enhancing our existing buildings, whilst also participating in new opportunities in the city, are both crucial to delivering our estates strategy, which aims to create a flexible, innovative and sustainable campus.”

Prof Sally Wade, director of the Sheffield Institute of Arts, added: “We are delighted by our move to the old Post Office.

“This provides an opportunity to locate our excellent teaching and internationally-recognised research in art and design in the heart of the city centre.”