English Heritage adds Kelham Island repairs to priority list

More regeneration work is planned in Kelham Island
More regeneration work is planned in Kelham Island
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Derelict buildings in the Kelham Island area have been put on a priority list for restoration work by English Heritage.

The organisation has added Kelham Island to its list of priority sites in its new 2014 Heritage At Risk register.

Wortly Top Forge

Wortly Top Forge

English Heritage said work that has already taken place in Kelham Island makes it ‘one of the region’s key success stories’, following work with Sheffield Council on repairs to the former Williams Brothers Crucible Workshop on Green Lane and the rear range of Globe Works on Penistone Road.

A spokesman said: “English Heritage has already funded survey work at Green Lane Works and Eagle Works, to assist Yorkshire-based developer Citu with its creative plans for a sustainable development of low carbon homes and creative spaces, shops, cafes and galleries within the historic buildings.”

Heritage at Risk principal in Yorkshire Craig McHugh said: “A year from now we expect substantial repairs will have been completed at Eagle Works, proposals will have been brought forward for the re-use of Green Lane Works and a new community of residents at the Little Kelham development will have brought the area to life.”

English Heritage has also announced it has been able to take Wortley Top Forge near Sheffield and Rockley Blast Furnace and Engine House near Barnsley off its ‘at-risk register’ after repairs and restoration work took place at both sites.

Rockley Engine House

Rockley Engine House

Wortley Top Forge, the world’s oldest surviving heavy iron forge dating to 1640, is now being restored to its 1900s condition.

Repairs have also taken place at Rockley Blast Furnace and Engine House, which are relics of the region’s ancient iron production industry.