Weston Tower has lain empty for many years as various schemes to revive the nine-storey building on West Bar Green, opposite the Hampton by Hilton hotel, have fallen by the wayside.
In 2006, proposals to create a 23-storey tower at the site, which would have been one of Sheffield’s tallest buildings, were approved but work never began and seven years later the building was sold for just £700,000.
In 2015, fresh plans were unveiled to extend the building, creating an 11-storey ‘blade-like’ tower with nearly 150 apartments, but these also came to nothing.
The 1970s office and distribution centre, originally designed for a mail order company, is now listed for sale by Colloco, with the marketing brochure outlining the ‘potential for a significant mixed-use tower development, or conversion of the existing structure’.
The urban explorer behind the popular Lost Places & Forgotten Faces Facebook page captured these photos showing how badly the building’s interior has decayed while various regeneration schemes have come and gone.
The interior walls have been transformed into an amazing graffiti gallery, adding a splash of colour to the otherwise grey expanse in which fallen ceiling panels litter the floor, the strip lighting dangles perilously overhead and water can be seen pooled in places.
A flock of pigeons appear to have set up home there, with the carcasses of several birds sadly visible among the detritus, which also includes a plastic bollard.
On the Lost Places & Forgotten Faces page, where these new photos were originally shared, the building is described as a ‘true derelict eyesore’.
The description continues: “With its smashed windows and flaking graffiti, it is an ugly old behemoth structure in an otherwise modern environment.”