15 jobs as Sheffield hotel reopens after 'epic' revamp which over-ran by a year

A Sheffield hotel is reopening after an “epic” £1m revamp which over-ran by more than a year.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 12:03 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:33 pm
Operations manager Vicky Cotton outside The Psalter on Psalter Lane in Sheffield which is reopening after a refurbishment programme.

The Psalter on Psalter Lane launches 11 of its 23 rooms, a breakfast room and bar on Monday. Some 15 jobs have been created.

It is a huge moment for the business which was supposed to open in October 2018 after a refurbishment which started in November 2017.

Operations manager Vicky Cotton said despite the delays, the outcome was never in doubt.

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The Psalter on Psalter Lane.

She said: “It’s been an epic journey. Anything of this ambition and scale is going to run into problems. The building was not as safe structurally as initially thought. But we were never in doubt we’d open a beautiful boutique hotel.

“There’s been so much interest, everyone is really enthused about it. We’re starting with a soft launch to check systems are in place and running correctly.

“The rooms have been ready for a while, since before Christmas, but like all these things it's taken longer than expected.”

A ‘main bar’ and kitchen are set to open in a month and a downstairs function room after that. A rooftop terrace on the flat roof overlooking Psalter Lane is also planned.

A bedroom at The Psalter has a yellow bedspread.

The venue started life as two four-storey Victorian homes. They were joined with a two-storey extension and it opened as the Roslyn Court Hotel in the 1960s, later becoming the Psalter Tavern.

The building closed at the end of 2016 following the failure of operator, Parity Bars. It was snapped up in 2017, reportedly for more than £1.2m, and a planning application submitted soon after.

Ms Cotton said preview evenings were held before Christmas due to the interest from locals and former regulars.

“There's a sense of ownership and a lot of people have come back every weekend. It’s nice to have that feedback.

A bedroom at The Psalter.

“The Psalter Hotel is going to be a mix of things: an international hotel and a high standard local boozer with friendly service.”

In 2017, property agent Martin Crosthwaite said it could become flats.

He said then: “We have a number of parties looking at residential conversion as this is a popular residential suburb”