Restoration in line to protect history

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The iconic entrance of a well-known Sheffield works is on track to be restored to its former glory - despite being branded ‘at risk’ by English Heritage.

The gateway to Green Lane Works at Kelham Island was created originally to demonstrate the wealth of its owner but today stands surrounded by scaffolding and is partially boarded up.

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It has been singled out by the conservation group to highlight the importance of protecting the surviving remainders from the city’s industrial past. They stress that unless action is taken well known landmarks could just crumble and disappear.

They believe buildings of historical importance give Sheffield its uniqueness and makes the city stand out from others.

Developer Citu has undertaken a £13m restoration of the site, including protecting the landmark entrance and the building behind it.

Tammy Whitaker, of English Heritage, said she was pleased with the plans but stressed there were still lots of details to be ironed out.

She added Green Lane Works is one of the most impressive sites linked to the metal industry.

The entrance gate to the works, including a golden clock tower, is a Grade II listed building.

The works opened in 1795 but the entrance was only added in 1860.

Tammy said: “This is a really iconic landmark. You can imagine great lines of workers pouring out of the factory and through these gates. Buildings from our past are really important. We have to change and adapt at the same time as protecting what is important.

“We recognise that the development of the Kelham Island area started off when the market was good and we thought such sites would sort themselves out. Obviously the housing bubble burst so the progress didn’t take place as was expected, and we now need to take action to protect sites like Green Lane Works. From our point of view the site is still at risk until it is restored.”

English Heritage is now working with Citu as they develop the former works for housing. The first of the properties is expected to be completed in February, with the site finished in three years.

It overlooks the River Don and many of the original features are being restored alongside the new buildings.

Chris Thompson, of Citu, said: “The heritage features are what gives it character and what people want to see.”