The demolition of a historic Sheffield building can go ahead after campaigners lost a last-ditch bid to save it.
Yesterday the Appeal Court dismissed a challenge aimed at saving the Grade II listed Edwardian wing of the former Jessop Hospital off Broad Lane – which the University of Sheffield plans to knock down to build a ‘world-class’ £80m engineering block.
It came after a judicial review bid to save the building off Broad Lane was rejected last week.
Richard Harwood QC, for the campaigners, urged Lord Justice Longmore and Sir David Keene to let the case proceed, but the court ruled it had no option but to dismiss the challenge.
Sir David said the case had been dogged by “inexcusable delay” and that there were no grounds for second-guessing the decision of Sheffield Council planners in February.
Hundreds of people have supported the campaign.
Speaking after the decision Howard Greaves, of the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society, said: “It’s very sad because it wasn’t necessary to knock it down.
“This is an absolute disgrace because it will open the floodgates nationally.
“People will say ‘they let Sheffield knock Jessops down why can’t we knock this down just for the sake of tweaking the plans?”
Lawyers representing the university said the development of the site was ‘crucial’.
Peter Village QC, for the university, told court that delaying the development for one year would result in more than 1,500 students not being able to study engineering there – causing a loss of around £22m income to the university.
The university has said alternatives to demolition had been considered but been ruled impractical.