Sheffield CAMRA should not really be surprised that the University of Sheffield opposes their bid to make the University Arms an Asset of Community Value (Star, August 5).
Conservation Groups and others regard the loss of the building as inevitable and appear not to be opposing the university’s proposal for demolition.
The Arms is the former vicarage to St Paul’s Church (demolished in 1938) and was built in 1863. Its beer garden is just that – a cosy, private little oasis.
The building is spacious and a bit of a landmark and in its immediate vicinity, Flavell Road, is the former vicarage (1874) of St George’s Church.
Pevsner said: “A few houses give an idea of the area before University expansion.”
What is the prospect for the latter I wonder?
The benefits of having what could be termed ‘traditional small pubs’ on and around campus (as the city centre of Sheffield city centre is becoming) such as the Red Deer, Fagans, The Bath Hotel testify, include being venues where ‘town and gown’ of all ages can mix easily.
I am both an ex-graduate and a Sheffielder who regards both universities as essential to Sheffield’s existence and vitality and credit them in providing my city with a place in the world, yet I am concerned at the potential loss of buildings which should be kept.
Heritage Strategy in Sheffield seems to be evolving when the city is facing a number of crises as regards its heritage.
On the positive side there is the prospect of the former Henderson’s building being turned into a pub, which will add a real something to the bar culture of West Street and Glossop Road, the architectural practice of Hadfield, Cawkwell and Davidson having been selected for the design.