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KNOCK IT DOWN

And still they won’t let it lie...

Campaigners fighting the demolition of the (derelict) Edwardian wing of the former Jessop Hospital refuse to accept council and government rulings (and, one would suggest, much popular opinion) saying the building should be knocked down to help regenerate the city. Instead, as reported in this paper, they are seeking to stop the development of a world class engineering block in its place by seeking a judicial review.

Why won’t they give it a rest?

Here is an institution – the university – trying to invest in the city. And a certain section of Sheffielders are doing their upmost to stop them. It doesn’t make sense.

Historic buildings are a precious resource because once they’re gone they can’t be rebuilt again. And heritage is one of the most important things we have.

But sometimes cities must look forward instead of back. Sometimes they have to move on from the past to secure their future. Sometimes an old building can be a hindrance to the new and the better.

The Edwardian wing is not the jewel some describe it as. It is inferior in architectural merit and historical worth to its Victorian counterpart – which the university did help save. People will never visit it from across the world to rejoice in its splendour. It was a relatively functional building for a functional purpose. Body after body has said this and thrown their weight behind a dazzling new building for the future.

Those who still seek to continually stop the development should understand the delays are only causing damage to the city as a whole.