Experts see the merit of Sheffield hospital buildings

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A group of buildings at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital have been protected from demolition after being granted listed status.

Norwood Grange - a cottage, barn, stables and coach house at the hospital site in Fir Vale - has been Grade II listed by Historic England, after being put forward by the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society.

Earlier this year Sheffield Teaching Hospitals proposed knocking down 10 derelict buildings, including Norwood Grange, at the Northern General to save £350,000 from its budget.

Howard Greaves, the society’s vice chairman, said the new listing was a victory for campaigners.

But the verdict has ‘disappointed’ hospital bosses, who can decide whether to appeal.

“The report from Historic England was more glowing than we thought it would be,” he said.

The organisation said the buildings, which date from the 1850s, were of an ‘increasingly rare type’.

“It’s quite amazing that they have survived, because they’re in the middle of an urban area,” said Howard.

However, other buildings at the hospital - a water tower and stable block - were rejected for listing, while a decision is pending on Chesterman House, a former children’s home.

Phil Brennan, the trust’s director of estates, said: “We are disappointed by the decision because NHS resources clearly need to be directed at patient care.

“As these buildings cannot be used for clinical purposes they will continue to take money away from other budgets. We will therefore consider the options.”