NOW, that’s a pretty sweet way to celebrate an anniversary.
The Workstation, in Paternoster Row, marked its 20th year with a huge cake baked in the shape of the building itself. Delicious.
“You should celebrate a birthday with a cake, shouldn’t you?” says chief executive (and chief cutter) Ian Wild.
The creative and digital office complex was, as reported in The Diary last week, opened on July 27 1993. It was converted from a Kennings car dealership building constructed in 1936, and has been home to some of Sheffield’s most famous companies, including Warp Films and Designers Republic. Among its claims to fame are Arctic Monkeys shooting one of the earliest videos there, and being used for a set piece in the Bafta-winning movie Four Lions.
A birthday party saw more than 100 past and present tenants and guests enjoy an exhibition opening, a slice of cake and the unveiling of a specially commissioned eight foot portrait of the building itself.
“The Workstation has a special part in Sheffield’s history and it was only right to throw a special party - with a special cake - to mark it,” says spokeswoman Anna Lord. “It has become a real institute - thank Goodness it wasn’t knocked down to build a car park as was discussed in the Eighties.”