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New life: The Whitbread Brewery
New life: The Whitbread Brewery
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A SHEFFIELD landmark has got a new lease of life as the headquarters of a South Yorkshire organisation that brings together voluntary sector groups to provide new services to meet changing social needs.

The former Exchange Brewery, closed by Whitbread in 1993, has been acquired by The Adsetts Partnership, founded by Sheffield businessman Sir Norman Adsetts, who built city-based SIG up from a small family firm into the biggest distributor of insulating materials in Europe.

The old brewery will also be the home for Autism Plus and Jobsteps Employment Services.

Autism Plus is a Yorkshire-based charity which helps people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health difficulties and has Sir Norman as its chairman.

Jobsteps Employment Services is a not for profit organisation that is part of the Adsetts partnership and specialises in helping individuals with disabilities and complex barriers to work to find employment.

Before the Exchange Brewery deal, the Adsetts Partnership had been considering moving its head office to Leeds.

Sheffield City Council inward investment organisation Creative Sheffield helped the Adsetts Partnership to find suitable premises and make the business case to keep the head office and contact centre facilities in the Sheffield City Region.

Philip Bartey of The Adsetts Partnership states “We were actively considering moving our head office operations to Leeds, but thanks to the fantastic support received from Ann Allen at Creative Sheffield we were persuaded to keep them in the Sheffield City Region.”

Support also came from Santander Commercial Banking, property consultants Knight Frank, acting on behalf of developers Wilson Bowden, and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.

Knight Frank partner Peter Whiteley said: “This is an exciting refurbishment of an atmospheric old building which will provide modern offices and work space for Autism Plus and its service users.

“Thanks to the Tennant Brothers establishing a brewery in the area in the 1800s, the Riverside Exchange is strongly associated with Sheffield’s brewing heritage. Autism Plus buying the building will see it brought back into valuable use and contributing to the continuing development of the neighbourhood.”