Former Sheffield student union building site up for sale

Mark Holmes is helping to sell the former Nelson Mandela Building in Sheffield
Mark Holmes is helping to sell the former Nelson Mandela Building in Sheffield
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The site of a former students’ union building in Sheffield that has stood empty for a decade has been put up for sale.

The Nelson Mandela Building, which used to be the home of the Sheffield Hallam University students’ union, was demolished in 2007 after closing its doors in 2004

It has been announced that the current owner, the Homes & Community Agency, is now looking to find a buyer for the vacant land close to Sheffield Midland station.

Potential uses for the site include a new hotel, offices or an educational facility.

Property adviser DTZ is handling the sale of the site, which covers 1.3 acres.

The company said it will not be making the guide price for the site public ahead of the tendering process taking place.

Developers have until Friday, July 18, to submit expressions of initial interest, with formal bids needing to be put in by Friday, August 15.

Mark Holmes, a surveyor at DTZ, said: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire a key gateway site in Sheffield city centre.”

The original building opened in 1978 as the Phoenix, a students’ union for the then Sheffield City Polytechnic.

It became the Nelson Mandela Building in 1982 in tribute to the jailed anti-apartheid campaigner.

The site shut in 2004 as the union moved across the road to the former National Centre for Popular Music.

Planning permission was granted in 2007 for a new hotel and offices - but the plans never came to fruition.