So it appears we are to have another monstrosity thrust upon this city. I am referring to Sheffield University’s proposed £80 million new engineering block, an artist’s impression having been published in The Star (Sept 19) and which I had already seen at a preview presentation at the Quaker Meeting House some months ago.
In order to erect this new building, the Grade II listed Edwardian wing of the old Jessop Hospital will be demolished and once again we will lose a piece of Sheffield’s history.
This hideous new building will certainly do nothing to enhance the city and will not compliment the nearby buildings such as St George’s Church and the Mappin Building.
Even if one accepts the University’s argument that they cannot adapt the old Edwardian wing to make it fit for purpose, there is no reason why a modern functional building cannot be pleasing to the eye.
If the project goes ahead why can’t we see the use of traditional materials such as stone, but sadly this new building is to be another glass and concrete eyesore designed no doubt by some young architect on an ego-trip aspiring to make a lasting impression, but instead doing more damage to our city skyline than the Luftwaffe did during the Blitz.
Perhaps the designers of new buildings should study the work of the great architects of the past who left a legacy of beautiful buildings for future generations to enjoy, and had the knack of creating buildings that were visually uplifting whether they were peoples homes or places of work. I am appalled that the Planning Department is allowing Sheffield to be filled with ugly, soulless structures that are destroying the whole character of this city and will not stand the test of time like the fine ones that have been pulled down.
There is a good reason why buildings are listed and that is to protect them for posterity, and therefore they should not be bulldozed to satisfy the whims of those who have no respect for our heritage.
Susan Richardson, Lodge Moor S10