Student flats for historic building

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AN HISTORIC building that was once part of the business empire of celebrated Sheffield department store owner John Walsh is to be converted into student accommodation.

The 19th century South Yorkshire entrepreneur is best known as the founder of what used to be Walsh’s department store – latterly TJ Hughes – in High Street. However, he also owned a cabinet factory, warehouse and furniture depository at Walsh Court, just off Trippet Lane.

The Edwardian warehouse was most recently used for offices, but award-winning Sheffield architectural design company Coda Studios is now working with a private developer to transform the site into student accommodation.

Coda associate director Peter Noble said: “The designs we came up with retained all the original character of this historic building but breathed new life into it by creating apartments in an increasingly sought-after area.

“This is the sort of project that is helping to bring new vitality to a previously neglected part of the city centre.”