VIDEO: Restoration of Sheffield landmark begins at Kelham Island

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Renovation work has begun on a well-known, dilapidated Sheffield landmark.

Eagle Works in Kelham Island is part of the Little Kelham development, which will see over 150 low-carbon sustainable homes being built on disused industrial land.

Once fully renovated, Eagle Works itself - which was placed on English Heritage’s at-risk register last year - will be used by retail and leisure businesses as well as offering creative workspace.

Dave Berry, contracts manager at developer Citu, said: “Eagle Works is a key part of the Kelham Island conservation area and will also form a vital part of Little Kelham.

“This work is a crucial step in protecting the building and making sure it is structurally sound. We envisage it being a key part of the Kelham Island community for many years to come.

“Part of the Little Kelham project is to bring these redundant buildings back into community use so it’s very satisfying to be able to see Eagle Works beginning to be renovated.”

As part of the overhaul, the building will be fitted with a new slate roof and energy efficient windows, while brickwork and pointing will also be looked at. In addition, many of the damaged and rotten joists and beams have been replaced.

Craig McHugh, of funders Historic England in Yorkshire, said: “We are excited by the progress of the Little Kelham development, which we feel will mark the turning point in the fortunes of the Kelham Island conservation area.

“We have been working closely with the council, Citu and the Homes and Communities Agency to secure a future for the historic Eagle Works buildings. They have stood witness to the fortunes of the area for over 150 years and will now firmly anchor this innovative new housing development in its local and historical context.”

The Eagle Works building, which dates from 1835, was initially used to make files and refine steel.

The first redevelopment phase is set to be complete within the next month.