Plans for post office

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A DERELICT former Sheffield post office is set to be transformed into a college for overseas students.

Proposals for the £16 million development have been submitted to the city council for the teaching facility and neighbouring student accommodation in Fitzalan Square.

Planners Axis Architecture, a Sheffield-based firm, are working with London regeneration specialists on the scheme. The development includes an adjoining 18-storey tower of flats.

It is hoped it will be completed, with around 270 students in place, by next July.

If given the go-ahead, the college will help students from overseas improve their English before starting degree courses.

Steve Burlaga, director of Axis Architecture, said: “It is a beautiful building and it is a shame it has been ravaged. It will be restored to its splendour.”

Conversion of the listed building, which closed in 1999, has been viewed as a major step in revamping Fitzalan Square.