Looking back at the huge Sheffield city centre offices built for the miners' union but now used by accountants and bars

Today’s now and then pictures look at a Sheffield city centre building that went from being union offices to derelict to new uses.

By Julia Armstrong
Friday, 18th February 2022, 9:25 am

The huge building on Holly Street, next to the City Hall, was commissioned by the National Union of Mineworkers for their new headquarters when they relocated from London.

The angular building designed by architect Malcolm Lister was used for just four years from 1988, then the NUM moved to Barnsley. The union also occupied the former Sheffield Water Works Company offices next door, now a Wetherspoon’s.

For years it lay empty, then in 2018 work started on a £5.5m conversion. Accountants Grant Thornton took over most of the building.

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The former NUM HQ building on Holly Street, Sheffield, which was eventually redeveloped as a mixed-use scheme with offices and bars

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The former NUM building in Holly Street, Sheffield city centre, pictured in 2005