Sheffield developers hope to clean up at former laundry site

Tumblers at Abbey Glen laundry, Sheffield November 1963
Tumblers at Abbey Glen laundry, Sheffield November 1963
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THESE images show the £4 million development set to replace Sheffield’s disused landmark former Abbey Glen laundry complex.

The architect working on the project has revealed images which show how the River Sheaf, which currently flows in a culvert under the Nether Edge site, will be opened up and new housing and business accommodation developed.

A section of riverside cyclepath, parking and open space would also be provided.

Architect Alistair Haxton, of city centre-based Haxton Associates and Mohammed Mahroof, of Mark Jenkinson property auctioneers, have worked on the scheme, on behalf of Abbey Glen. The site is now being marketed to developers, having been granted outline planning permission.

Abbey Glen, based in Sheffield since 1900, moved from the site on Coniston Road, Nether Edge, in 2006 to a new base at Bentley, Doncaster. It has a second laundry in Worksop.

Mr Haxton said: “The plans involve opening up a culverted section of the Sheaf, creating a new riverside frontage and section of cycle path, plus 17 two and three-bedroom terraced houses and five more ‘live-work’ units with commercial space on the ground floor and living accommodation above.”

He said the plans would benefit neighbours on surrounding streets.

Mr Haxton said: “The new homes will only be two-storey and set further back from the road than the walls of the laundry building, which are three storeys high.

“On Coniston Terrace, which runs down one side of the site, the brick wall of the old building will be replaced by green open space, giving the neighbours more light.”

He said opening up the river would reduce flood risk, while his design also incorporates flood protection measures.

Mr Mahroof said: “When we have been out at the site, we have had people coming up to us asking what’s happening and when the development will start. We are currently seeking a developer to take the project on.”

Abbey Glen switched sites from Sheffield after expanding. The new Bentley building, which houses the firm’s linen rental activity, is 40,000 sq feet on a two-acre site. Abbey Glen’s workwear business still operates out of the Worksop plant.

A new head office has been developed in Doncaster.

Tim Sempers, Abbey Glen chairman, said: “I’m keen to ensure the old Sheffield site is developed in keeping with the area and in support of local requirements. Having overseen the outline planning application I am now looking to pass the project on to a developer who will be fully sympathetic to the local community.”