VIDEO AND PICTURES: As Norton College disappears to £35m shopping complex, take a nostalgic look back at where thousands studied

Norton College after its closure.
Norton College after its closure.
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Sheffield's Norton College is set to disappear forever - lost to a brand new £35 million shopping complex.

But before the Sheffield institution where thousands studied is lost for good to the likes of Aldi and Marks and Spencer, which will form part of the new St James Retail Park, we've delved into our archives to see where generations of students prepared for life in the outside world.

The Dyche Lane campus has lain empty since the summer of 2015, when Norton closed its doors for the last time.

On its final demise, the once bustling corridors were empty, the busy classrooms were piled high with boxes and the noisy canteen deserted.

It closed as part of a £15.6 million upgrade of facilities at The Sheffield College and the boxes, desks and equipment were moved into a new £8.8m Sheffield College Centre for Creative Industries, at Hillsborough.

The centre, which specialised in digital, media, graphic design, journalism, music, performing arts and photography was one of Sheffield College's oldest sites, with some parts dating back to the 1950s.

The college site will be replaced with a retail park.

The college site will be replaced with a retail park.

The Sheffield College network was founded in 1989 from an amalgamation of community colleges, with Norton among them.

Developer St James Securities has bought the site of the college and Graves swimming pool, and demolition of the old buildings is underway.

Planning permission for the retail park off Bochum Parkway, which will also include Next and TK Maxx, was granted in August last year.

Known as St James Retail Park, it is due to open in spring 2018, creating 250 jobs with an extra 124 in construction work.

Books piled up ahead of the college's move in 2015.

Books piled up ahead of the college's move in 2015.

The site was considered surplus to requirements.

The site was considered surplus to requirements.

This is not how most students will remember Norton.

This is not how most students will remember Norton.

Scores of journalists studied at Norton.

Scores of journalists studied at Norton.

An empty corridor following the college's closure.

An empty corridor following the college's closure.

The deserted canteen was once a hive of chatter and noise.

The deserted canteen was once a hive of chatter and noise.

A lot of furniture was dumped ahead of the move.

A lot of furniture was dumped ahead of the move.

A popular outdoor spot to relax in the summer months.

A popular outdoor spot to relax in the summer months.