New twist in historic Sheffield hospital battle

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Campaigners fighting to save a historic Sheffield building from bulldozers will find out whether a judicial review is to look into the matter tomorrow.

They have led a long battle to save the Grade II Edwardian Wing of the former Jessop Hospital - which owner The University of Sheffield wants to transform into an £80m engineering block.

Sheffield Council approved the controversial plans but the High Court has since granted an injunction against the university demolishing the building.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society requested the injunction.

“This is a positive step for our campaign,” said Nick Roscoe of the Save Jessop Hospital Campaign.

“It shows that the courts are satisfied that, on the basis of initial representations, there is a possibility that justice would have been impeded if the Edwardian building is demolished.”

A hearing on Thursday June 27 at the High Court in London will determine whether a judicial review will be allowed.

Valerie Bayliss, of the South Yorkshire Group of Victorian Society, said: “We continue to hope Sheffield University will consider seriously the options for a more sensitive use of the site that would respect the Grade II listed building, which is a national asset.

“Re-use of historic buildings is well-established in the UK, and Sheffield University know well how to re-use this building whilst securing them expansion in their facilities.”