Sheffield hospital review decision today

Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
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Campaigners fighting to save a historic Sheffield building from bulldozers were today due to find out if a judicial review could take place.

They have led a long battle to save the Grade II-listed Edwardian Wing of the former Jessop Hospital – which owners Sheffield University want to transform into an £80 million engineering block.

Sheffield Council approved the controversial plans, but London’s High Court has since granted an injunction against the building being demolished.

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

“It shows the courts are satisfied that there is a possibility that justice would have been impeded if the Edwardian building is demolished.”

SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society requested the injunction. A hearing at the High Court today was deciding if the review was to go ahead.

Valerie Bayliss, of Victorian Society’s South Yorkshire branch, said: “We continue to hope the 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.”

The university said the injunction did not affect the timescale for the new engineering block.