I note with interest the indecent haste with which Sheffield University demolished the Edwardian wing of Jessop Hospital once they had been given the thumbs up.
This was presumably in case another injunction preventing demolition was in the pipeline, as building work for the ‘pyramid’ is supposedly not going to commence until later in the year. Normally, when such important buildings are demolished, they are slowly and carefully dismantled and not swept away.
Major features are usually retained for posterity and possible re-use elsewhere. Jessop possessed many such features both externally and internally. It had a magnificent staircase, parquet floors, curved skirting-boards and other salvageable features.
As Thomas Jessop (who must now be turning in his grave) kindly built this building for the citizens of Sheffield, I’m sure that they would like to know if an attempt has been made to salvage some of these top quality features which he used.
Perhaps the University Estates Department would like to issue a statement with attached list telling us where these fine features have ended up.
Here’s their chance to prove their alleged sympathetic custodianship of our architectural heritage and perhaps more importantly their ‘green’ credentials.
Howard Greaves, Vice Chairman
Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society