Henderson’s Relish building: Owner responds after demolition signs appear outside Sheffield landmark

Demolition signs have appeared outside Sheffield’s iconic former Henderson’s Relish factory.

Friday, 11th February 2022, 5:39 pm
Updated Friday, 25th February 2022, 11:37 pm

But the building’s owners say the famous landmark is safe and they have plans to breathe new life back into the building on Leavygreave Road, near the university, in the future.

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Demolition work will be going ahead behind the hoardings which have been erected around the site – but it will be a structure situated behind the main Henderson’s buillding.

The Henderson's building on Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, with the hoardings which carry demolition site warnings

The building is owned by Sheffield University, and is opposite the organisation’s Diamond building, near the Victorian former Jessop Hospital building.

Expaining the sign which has appeared in front of the Hendersons building, a statement from the university said: “Following the recent adverse weather, a building to the rear of the former Henderson’s Relish building has suffered structural damage and needs to be taken down immediately.

“The building situated behind ‘Henderson’s House’ on Leavygreave Road has been of concern for some time, and the very high winds have exacerbated the integrity of the structure.

“On the advice of our structural engineers the demolition work is starting without delay. Preparatory work to add to the existing hoardings is already underway with the work to remove the building continuing this week.”

The Henderson's building on Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, with the hoardings which carry demolition site warnings

They added: “The University knows how much the old Henderson’s building means to the people of Sheffield. The building has been subject to subsidence for some years and the University is committed to taking great care to repair the building to maintain this extremely important cultural asset.

“The removal of the flat roof structure will help with the ongoing project to protect and bring the iconic Henderson’s Relish building back to life - and we look forward to sharing the plans for this in 2022.”

Plans had previously been proposed to convert the building into a pub, but they were put on hold as the University reviewed its capital expenditure and the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2016 Sheffield‐based architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson had emerged as the winning team to design a proposed new Henderson’s Relish pub for the university following what was described as a hard‐fought architectural design competition.

The Henderson's building on Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, with the hoardings which carry demolition site warnings