It would appear, if the first glimpse is anything to go by, that Sheffield University has surpassed itself this time by designing the ugliest building yet (to add to all the other monstrosities created recently in Sheffield) in the shape of their £81 million engineering department.
The building, named The Diamond, (I think ‘The Carbuncle’ would be a far more appropriate name) has replaced the elegant architecture of the old Jessop Hospital Edwardian Wing and due to its height it now obstructs the restored Victorian Wing which is now hidden from view from Broad Lane.
I suppose the next thing they will want to do is bulldoze St George’s Church nearby and build something hideous there.
Over the years many lovely old buildings have been demolished in the Western Bank area to accommodate inferior structures for the university which can never compete with the elegant architecture that has been lost.
They should hang their heads in shame for destroying these little gems that were part of our city’s history and which are now lost for ever.
Incidentally, it is interesting to note that exhibits which were once displayed at the Traditional Heritage Museum in Ecclesall Road (which was closed down in 2011 because the owners, Sheffield University, said they could not afford the major repairs needed to the building) are to be put back on show at the Sheffield Manor Lodge site.
It would appear the university have no trouble finding £80m for the new engineering block but were not prepared to fork out a relatively small amount in comparison to repair an old building which housed a collection of items representing our city’s heritage. What a disgrace.
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