A former primary school in Sheffield has been named as one of the country’s 10 most endangered buildings.
The Grade II listed Heeley Bank School, on Heeley Bank Road, is one of the most at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales according to the Victorian Society.
Owned by Sheffield Council, the building has been empty since 2008, leaving it open to vandals.
Lead has been stripped from the roof and there is increasing water damage, leaving the building in a near-derelict state, and residents in the area have complained the school has been used as a ‘drugs den’.
Valerie Bayliss, chair of the Victorian Society’s South Yorkshire group, said: “This fine school building is currently for sale and its future is uncertain and has been jeopardised by the failure to properly secure it.
“Council owners have a duty to the school as it is listed - I shudder to think what state it is in inside.
“We will continue to keep pressing the council and hope a planning application comes forward we are happy with. We think conversion to residential apartments could work quite well, as long as they respect the building.”
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “Over several months we have been marketing the building to attract a purchaser who would refurbish it and bring it back into use.
“Our aim has been to secure the building’s long term preservation due to its listed status. It is now under offer and we have been liaising with a potential buyer who is keen to invest in the building and restore it for future use. We are currently exploring the detail of purchaser’s proposals with a view to securing the future of this historically important building.”
Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for finance, added: “It is always difficult with these type of buildings but we do have a developer who may be interested. It is in the early stages - they are discussing if their plans are viable.”