Landmark tower shines after £36m revamp

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CHANGING lights will brighten the Sheffield skyline this week to celebrate a landmark university building’s £36 million refurbishment.

The top four floors of Sheffield University’s famous Arts Tower, built in 1965, will be highlighted by the special illuminations each night until Friday.

Work on the Grade II-listed tower, the UK’S tallest university structure at 255ft, has included replacing its facade to meet strict heritage requirements and concrete repairs.

The university’s department of landscape and school of architecture are now rehoused in the top 10 floors of the 20-storey building.

A special ceremony to mark the completion of the work saw the lights switched on. Guests included former staff member Coun Sylvia Dunkley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

Keith Lilley, university director of estates and facilities management, said: “The tower is a hugely significant building, but it needed major investment to make it fit for today’s requirements.

“We’re delighted with the work done to bring it up to date, while preserving its unique characteristics.”

The refurbishment, which has taken three years to complete, is part of a £50 million university project to preserve and develop its estate.