Gatehouse scheme is next step in regeneration of Sheffield’s Kelham Island

Artist's impression of how Green Lane Works, at Kelham Island, will look after it is redeveloped
Artist's impression of how Green Lane Works, at Kelham Island, will look after it is redeveloped
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A former industrial works in Kelham Island is set to be turned into apartments, offices and a café bar under the next stage of the area’s regeneration.

The old Green Lane Works will be converted and extended to form a new mixed-use development - with the disused factory’s Grade II* listed entrance gate and clock tower preserved as its focal point.

A new application submitted to Sheffield Council by Leeds-based developer Citu reveals plans for six one, two, and three bedroom apartments, and 860 sq m of office space, as well as a bar. The gatehouse will also front onto a new public open space.

The development sits within the context of Citu’s other schemes at Kelham Island.

More than 100 houses are being built on the wider Green Lane Works site as part of the £13 million Little Kelham project, while another old building, Eagle Works, is being renovated for use as a gym, café and space for craft businesses.

Earlier this year Citu won permission to put up another 98 properties on the old Richardson’s cutlery site, opposite the Fat Cat pub and Kelham Island Industrial Museum.

Many of the new homes are designed to vary the mix at Kelham by catering for families.

In a statement to the council, designers Cal Architects said Green Lane Works was ‘in need of restoration and revitalisation’ as it is ‘currently unused and boarded off to the public’.

“The main consideration was that the existing entrance gate and clock tower are the focal point of any transformation,” they added.

“Citu’s prime objective is to create an exemplary, sustainable, mixed-use development that combines the best contemporary design which augments and enhances the existing listed building.”

Residents will be provided with car parking, but visitors will be encouraged to use public transport. Screens will be installed around the site giving up-to-date information about bus times.

“The location of GLW within Citu’s Little Kelham development and in the wider context of Kelham Island, combined with a mix of uses and contemporary design with retained listed structure, our proposals should have a positive impact on the area as a whole and on what Nikolaus Pevsner once called “the most spectacular survival of factory architecture in the city,” said the architects.