Campaigners fighting to save part of Sheffield’s former Castle Market site have volunteered to help redesign the area.
The Yorkshire Twentieth Century Society is calling on Sheffield Council to ‘pause’ demolition of Castlegate Tower, an eight-storey block on Waingate.
The society says the 1960s office block is a ‘landmark’ with architectural merit, and could be reused as a workplace or even viewing platform for the urban park that is planned around the castle ruins.
Now campaigners, along with design experts from the Sheffield Society of Architects and Sheffield School of Architecture, have offered to work with the council on new regeneration designs for Castlegate.
They say the new plans could be included in a fresh funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund after the council’s initial application was turned down.
Demolition of the market site is expected to start next year after it is handed over to a contractor.
Lucy Plumridge, chairman of the Sheffield Society of Architects, said: “We’re concerned that the council might press ahead with demolition without having clear plans for the site.
“The last thing Sheffield needs is another big empty hole in the city centre.
“We’re calling on the council to hit the pause button and use design expertise in the city.
“It’s a landmark building and could be key to the site.
“Sheffield deserves better than a ‘demolish first, make plans later’ approach.”
The council said the tower formed an integral part of the market that would be ‘difficult to isolate’ and make secure without extra costs.